There is a saying “There are none so blind as though who do not want to
see”. We have all seen this in people around us. No matter the evidence
presented, they just cannot, will not, do not want to see what is so evident
to others. We, of course, are never so blind!
This is the very situation in which Jesus finds himself in today’s gospel.
In the opening chapters of Mark we are told of the amazement of the people
to the teaching Jesus gives in the synagogues and to the people. We read of
the miracles, the driving out of evil spirits, the healing of many people,
his power over nature in the calming of the storm, even the raising of a
dead girl. “News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee”
So Jesus comes to his hometown where is reception is anything but welcoming.
As usual he spoke in the synagogue. Many who heard him were amazed at his
teaching but then the blinkers descended. We know this man! He is one of us!
We know his family, his siblings. He can’t possibly be the person people say
he is! Consequently Jesus was unable to do any miracles there, except lay
his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
How often do our preconceived ideas stop us from appreciating what we
experience? Things like a good book or movie, a holiday, a play or
performance. It is hard to put the rave reviews aside and see something for
what it is rather than through the reports or eyes of someone else. We need
to constantly set aside our blinkers and look afresh at the gospels to see
again the power of Jesus in our life.