Today’s gospel Mk 6:1-6 again has Jesus teaching at his native place, and at this place He is first praised and then scorned. I wonder once again, why was Jesus unable to preforms wonders and miracles at this place. I wonder, what stood in his way? Why could the Son of God not gain success here, what stopped Him? Then I wonder again, can anything stop God? Can anything hinder him? Were those people so strong that they could prevent God from doing anything? There should be no need to remind any Christian that Jesus is God.
Of course my original questions were poorly stated. We have no ability to hinder God in any way. If the Lord wishes to bless or curse us, we are powerless. With that then , perhaps I should look at the problem a little differently. Perhaps I should rephrase it a bit. It is not why could he not work any miracles, rather it is why could those people not receive any miracles? Why could they not accept His healing?
The clue then resides into where Christ journeyed to. He traveled to his native place, and there he met his people. He was willing to come to them, yet once there they refused to journey with Him. They could not leave their native place. They resisted and Christ’s healing so often requires the one leave where they are and journey with Him. It is again a reminder of that statement Jesus made to His Apostles, “Come follow me.” And to follow Him means to leave where you are, and who you are, and journey to someplace better.