… “Where did the man get all this? … Mark 6:2
Who does he think he is? Oh, she forgot where she came from. I remember when he was doing this. She’s acting brand new. He can’t tell me nothing. She can’t say a thing to me.
If Nazareth was my modern home town, this is what the people would say. The townsfolk have a habit of putting people in a box after gaining familiarity with the one who grew up in their midst. When the boundaries of familiarity are pushed, there is resistance because people prefer the narrow definitions of where one came from, who one is kin to, and what one did rather than the outward power of what is possible. Those outside of Nazareth did not know him. They had faith in what they heard and saw. Thus, great things were done among them. The townsfolk knew what was in their boxes were indignant that he had something good outside of them.
Let us avoid trying to enclose the divine in boxes of homeland, relations, and reputation. Jesus is far greater than such narrow confines. When we try to narrowly define him in these terms, his power in our lives is greatly limited. This makes us no better than the religious professionals who denied him and the crowds who had a fickle faith. Boxes are for shoes, not for the Spirit.
Your Brother in Christ,
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene