“Is Not This the Carpenter’s Son?”
Protect us, O God, from the presumption that because we know something about Jesus we in fact know Jesus; protect us from the tendency to close our lives to the gracious power of Jesus because of our presumed familiarity with him.
While it is unlikely that our familiarity with Jesus will breed contempt toward him, do not let it breed carelessness or indifference toward him.
Keep us open to who he is even as we embrace the mystery and wonder of who he is.
Thank you that we know about Jesus.
Grant that we will know him.
“He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? 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? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this? And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.’ And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:54-58)