Sunday: 8th July, 2018
Reference text: Mark 6:1-6
Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be prejudiced in a number of situations. One of the ways in which it is exhibited is highlighted in the action of the Pharisees in today’s Gospel- ‘the people we know, can be nothing more than what we think them to be’. In other words, others must fit perfectly into the size of clothing we think they will fit into and be contained in the boxes we present to them.
To the Pharisees, the carpenters they knew, could not have access to the level of information and wisdom Jesus exhibited. Thus, since his credentials fell outside the boundaries of carpentry, they refused to accept him and his message. This is not a new thing because it still happens in our day and we think it normal.
However, these prejudicial judgements end up locking us out, and blocks our access to the wisdom that can be obtained from the ministries or the lives of other people. In our eyes, we presume that all others can become, and all they can do, must follow specific layouts; layouts that make sense to us. Sweetheart, an attitude like that of the Pharisees will only end pinning us down and not give us room to move forward. Let’s learn to be more than people who fit others in boxes.
Remember # shake off your prejudices.