Do you suffer with strained relationships within your family? Isn’t it true: those whom we love are the ones who can really hurt us. Today’s gospel presents a fascinating portrait of Jesus, his family, and their difficult relationships. Jesus returns home, but despite his wisdom and good works, his family does not accept him. Hurt deeply, Jesus remarks sadly, “A prophet is not without honor except…among his own kin and in his own house”. Tragically, Mark adds, “He could do no mighty work there”. Yes, by not accepting their own, his family damages itself. Before departing for home today, determine how you will heal a stressed relationship in your family. Christ will walk in you and speak for you, for he understands deeply your pain.

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