A Mother’s Perspective

Written by Jamie Dodge

Luke 4:14-29

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’” “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.

 

Oh, to be a fly on the wall while Jesus read from the scroll. If I were Mary, my heart would be beaming with pride and heavy with sadness. People were amazed at what he had read from the scroll. Then, they were upset by what Jesus said about prophets being accepted in their hometowns. They went so far as to drive him out of town to throw him off a cliff. A cliff! How could someone treat Jesus like that? If someone were to treat either of my boys that way, they would be messing with the wrong mom. It would take everything in me not to let mama bear out. No one talks to my boys that way!

 

Learning to drive is a big milestone in a child’s life, and my son is just learning how. It can be hard to sit in the passenger seat and watch him grow up, forget to check his blind spot, or get passed by people who don’t want to be behind a student driver.
 

As a mother of a 16 year old son venturing out into the world as a young licensed driver, I am reminded of a few things: be gracious and give people a chance to blossom and learn. The world would be a much happier place is we offered grace and love to our neighbors. No one is perfect, and we are all learning in this life together. We are called to be Christ-like, which means offering grace like Jesus did with us.


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