Posted 8 月 2, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in


瑪竇福音 13:54-58

Jesus in synagogue


一方面,這福音引導我們去反省,我們有沒有因為一個人的出身而看輕他的能力和言行呢?當身邊的人訓導我們時,有沒有抗拒或以不尊敬的態度回應?要知道,天主其實往往透過我們身邊的人向我們作出啟示,也喜歡透過謙卑的人彰顯祂的大能,因為「天主拒絕驕傲人,卻賞賜恩寵於謙遜人。 」(雅4:6)


Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.
Matthew 13:54-58

When Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth and preached in the synagogue, people were astonished by his wisdom and miracles. However, because of their familiarity with Jesus and his family, they felt offended and refused to believe in him. Although Jesus has been rejected by other people outside of Nazareth, it is rather sad that even His fellow people, some of whom He grew up with, would reject Him. No wonder he did not work a lot of miracles in Nazareth.

This gospel leads us to reflect, do we judge someone’s advice, ability or work merely base on where they come from? When people around us is trying to teach us something, do we respond with disrespect or defensive behaviour? Do we envy when our peers have talents or gifts from God that we lack? Notice how God often work through people around us to reveal His teachings to us, or even to perform a work of grace. He also likes to work through those who are humble, because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

This gospel also tells us our lack of faith will hinder God’s work in our lives, so we should always have an open and trusting heart, to let God work through people and things around us.


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