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Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
I wonder if Jesus feels that all-too-familiar twinge of anxiety when he teaches in his hometown synagogue? As he speaks words of wisdom, the minds of the faithful drift to images of a younger, not-so-polished kid from their neighborhood. The townspeople are so caught up in the semantics of the person standing before them that they can’t hear the truth he brings to bear.
I’ve occasionally found myself in the pews of that same synagogue, focusing on a person’s appearance or demeanor rather than listening to the truth they have to tell. I am especially prone to losing focus when the message is something I’d rather not hear. When we concentrate solely on semantics, we run the risk of missing a word from the Lord, and of seeing Jesus face to face.
MOVING FORWARD: Are people from your past skeptical about your current abilities and maturity? What could you share to help them see you more clearly today?
Today the Church remembers Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary to Germany, and Martyr, 754.