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Gospel for the Wednesday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:1-6

Summary: In his hometown, Jesus taught in the synagogue, astounding many who questioned his wisdom and miraculous powers, citing his ordinary background. Jesus remarked on a prophet's lack of respect at home. Their skepticism limited his miracle-working, although he healed a few. Their disbelief amazed him.

Unbelief in Jesus' Hometown

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

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