Today’s Gospel continues to remind us of how we must consider the power of faith.   

When we read about the healing miracles Jesus performed in last week’s Gospel, we were also witness to two great acts of faith. There was the father who pled for Jesus’ help to heal his daughter and the sick woman who touched Jesus believing it would cure her.  

We meet Jesus today under different circumstances. He has returned to Nazareth and is teaching. His family and friends—people who have known Jesus his whole life—are present. Despite their relationship, they struggle to see Jesus’ true identity. They struggle to find their faith.  

The group that Jesus teaches questions him: “Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” 

Jesus responds: “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” 

Why do we reflect on these events? How might we relate to them as we walk our journeys today? At CMMB, we are reminded that our faith is powerful. Even in moments of doubt and hardship, Jesus is always willing to walk the path beside us. All we must do is turn to our faith and ask for guidance.