Jesus’ Hometown Visit

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost | July 4, 2021

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 • Psalm 48 • 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 • Mark 6:1-13

Christ Preaching in the Temple; Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called il Guercino (‘The Squinter’) (Italian, 1591 – 1666); about 1625–1627; Pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash; 26.8 × 42.4 cm (10 9/16 × 16 11/16 in.); 84.GG.23; No Copyright – United States (http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/)

Mark 6:1-13 | New Living Translation

Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.

“Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”

So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.

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