Jesus Visits His Old Home
Jesus went to Nazareth where he had been brought up. As was his custom,
he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read the
lesson. And he was given the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and on
unrolling it he found the place where it is written:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
For he has called me to preach good news to the poor,
He has sent me to proclaim release to captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who have been crushed by cruelty,
To proclaim the year when the Lord will show favor."
Then, having rolled up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant
and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him, and he
said to them, "To-day what is here written is fulfilled in your sight."
As he went on to teach in the synagogue, many who heard him were
astonished and said: "Where did he get these teachings? What is this
wisdom which has been given him? and what are these wonderful acts of
healing that he does? Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary and the
brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not his sisters
living here among us?" And they would not believe in him. Jesus said to
them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and
among his relatives and in his own home."
In that place he could do no wonderful acts except laying his hands on a
few sick people and healing them; and he was astonished at their lack of
faith. So he went about the near-by villages teaching.
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