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Mark 6:1-6 Rejection at Nazareth


Amazed at their lack of faith. To have faith is to believe in God, to trust him, and to depend on him. Faith makes us accept what God says and does to us. And with faith we will see God perform mighty deeds for us.

At Nazareth, many who have heard Jesus question his family background and doubt his teachings. They listen to their prejudices and so lack the faith needed to see the good works of Jesus.

God does not look at our social or family background. God does not dwell on our past. God always believes in us and trusts our goodness, our capacity, and our commitment.

Resolve to begin and end your day in prayer to Jesus and with inspiring words to family and to people under your care.

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Mark 1:14-20 The Call of the First Disciples

He called them. Jesus begins his public ministry with a call. First, it is a call to repent and believe in the gospel. With this call to conversion and change of heart, Jesus wants people to turn to God, align their ways to God’s will, and surrender their lives to God. Second, it is a call to follow him, to be fishers of men, to be part of his ministry, to be his apostles.

Jesus calls four men to be his first disciples—Simon and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John. No words are spoken by way of their response. But their actions speak for the men: they leave everything—nets, boats, and families—to follow Jesus.

The first disciples are not men of great theological education, with wide social influence, or with impressive social background. And yet Jesus chooses them to be and work with him. The work of Jesus is not in the hands of men and women whom the world considers great and famous, but in the hands of ordinary people like us who are willing to give God our life, our time, and our talents.

What are we willing to let go so we can be sure that we have Jesus in our lives?

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