“He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the [S]abbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” (Mark 6: 1 – 3a)
“They” say you cannot go back home again. What I think is meant is that after venturing out into the world, you are changed. Your experience, the things you have learned, and the education/illumination that you have gotten change you. When I was coming of age, I longed to find someone (or a group of someones) who did not know me when I was younger and less experienced in life. I wanted to be known and appreciated for who I was at the moment. The flaw and fallacy was that even during this longing I was changing, developing and growing. So the people who came to know me at each stage of my life may not have known the “previous” me, but they could still compare the present me with who I was growing into. Besides, you cannot ditch friends (or family) after each stage of development.
“And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.” (Verses 3b – 6a)
Unbeknownst to me, while I was growing up I appeared to have great self-confidence. In reality I had very little self-confidence and did not believe I could accomplish much. It took going to college away from home and “fending for myself”, and a few decades more or less until I felt capable.
Now Jesus, on the other hand, knew what he was capable of. But the lack of believe of the people around him confined and limited him. I really wonder why that was – I really do. I am sad that Jesus’ “nearest & dearest” did not let him help them. I have felt that too, that if someone underestimates me, I leaves me floundering to share with them the gifts I have received from the Divine.
“Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” (verses 6b – 13)
It took my moving first to college 8 hours away from home to feel that I had intelligence. It took two college degrees to find my passion. It took a spiritual intervention by the Divine put my passion into context. And it took a move across the country for me to grow into the person I am now – the type of person I wanted to turn out to be when I was young. I imagine the journey of the disciples was much the same. Growing and learning who they could be, and who the Divine was calling them to be.
Beloved reader, the friends and family of Jesus’ childhood did not stop him from becoming the Messiah – as they could. When you are called by Divine, do not let anything stop or shut you done. For you are called by the same God that called the Aspect of Divine which became Jesus in to existence. Shalom & Selah!