"You know what? I said to Tim, you did a great job, you helped me a
lot to get this work done and saved to the church a lot of money, I have
no words how to thank you in the name of our community."
He said: "Can you, please call my wife, and tell her what I have done?"
I said: Why?
He said: "She do not appreciate all what I do at home, she needs to know that I am very appreciated outside by many people"
This is exactly what we read in today's Gospel "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and his own house" Mark 6: 4
During my ministry as a priest, and as a defender of the bond and then as a judge at the church tribunal, I can witness that many times the lack of consideration and appreciation or let me call it the "for granted at home" are the main reasons of conflict and many times for separation and if not for divorce.
You hear them saying: he does not want to see ... she does not want to acknowledge ... he does not want to appreciate ... she does not want to see positive ... and every one will come with a list of his accomplishments when the other did not want to consider.
In the life of Jesus this happened also in today reading. And you know what? "Jesus was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart curing a few sick people ...." Mark 6: 5. Can you read this, please again with me. "He was not able ..." Did you see that? It means he could not, he was blocked off doing, he was pushed away, he was impeded.When he came to love, to serve, to redeem, to save, to heal.
How many good people, who feel they want to do good, experience the same frustration of Jesus. "He was amazed at their lack of faith". Mark 6:6
When the people of Caphernaum did not accept Jesus and blocked him, by their lack of faith, to do marvelous to his native place, they did not accept themselves. They lost themselves in their own selfishness and denied a lot of people to benefit from the love of Jesus. This could become a big sin if it persists because it may break all the rules and become what Jesus will call it a sin against the Holy Spirit. Mat. 12: 31-32
Today, when you read this Gospel of St. Mark 6:1-6 and feel hurt that
people of your own do not appreciate you, just remember Jesus. And try
to continue with great love to do all your best. And perhaps ask them to
read with you that same Gospel and try to rebuild a better relation.
And perhaps also you can sit and pray and say with St. Paul in today reading to 2 Corinthians : "I am content with the weaknesses, insult, hardship, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong". 2 Cor. 12: 10
Or perhaps you need to recognize with George Noel Godon, Lord Byron, 1788-1824 "The thorns which I have reaped are of the tree I planted".