Connecting to the Larger Story
After overcoming his temptations in the wilderness, Jesus was ready to begin his ministry. He wandered through the towns of Galilee, preaching the good news and healing many along the way.
Important to Note
1) In the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus reads a Scripture from the prophet Isaiah that sums up his mission to preach the good news of God's kingdom and to help all those in need. Remembering him merely as the son of Joseph the carpenter, the people are amazed and then enraged by his rebuke of them.
2) Coming to Capernaum, Jesus' teaching and his ability to heal the sick and possessed is embraced and word begins to spread about him. People begin to follow him in hopes of keeping him for themselves, but Jesus proclaims his mission again - to preach the good news of God's kingdom far and wide.
Thoughts for Reflection
1) Why did Jesus receive such different reactions in Nazareth and Capernaum?
2) How do we try to keep Jesus for ourselves?