“Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?” (Mt 13:57)
This question of Jews may be taken as either amazement or contempt. However, since it is a question among themselves against Jesus and the tone of the proceeding sentences, surely it gives the impression that it is not out of wonder and astonishment they asked this question. Because, what we find here is that they are purposely connecting him to the illiterate, poor parents and relatives. We know that people are sometimes tempted to make such connections either for good or evil. Sometimes people are very proud of their relations; sometimes they are very silent about their relations. You may feel this very often from youngsters’ dealings. Jesus was anyway proud of his humble parents. Now the question is, where does this contempt come from? I think it is either from their pride or their familiarity. Both are to be taken with care. It spoils respect for others that results in blocks of blessings. Because of their disrespect and disbelief Jesus could not perform anymore miracles for them.
Lord Jesus, we pray today with humble heart that we may be always free from pride, hatred and contempt toward others and be gifted with love and respect for others and their opinions. Amen.
Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day….