In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ approval rating plummets. The hometown crowd, convinced they know exactly who Jesus is and where he comes from, cannot accept that he is anything more. Still, our Lord offers a powerful response: Jesus doesn’t try to change the crowd’s presuppositions that blind them to greater possibilities. He knows their hearts. He acknowledges their skepticism, speaks truth and moves on. Critics cannot define him—nor derail his mission.
I appreciate Jesus’ approach in the face of rejection. Worth isn’t measured by community acceptance or mass appeal. Popular opinion doesn’t dictate one’s identity. Rather, Jesus calls each of us to a particular mission with unique talents. So instead of letting feeble presumptions stifle us, let’s affirm our mission and apply our God-given gifts. Our inherent approval rating from God is what truly matters.
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