We did it! We got hitched!
Well, we renewed our vows. In a small chapel of the larger Wedding Church that was built over the archeological site of the synagogue Jesus turned water into wine in. It was moving and brought me to tears. I am truly blessed to be married to my best friend and better half!
This was after a day of touring sites in Nazareth and Canna.
We started the day with Mass in Nazareth in the Basilica of the Annunciation. This church was built over the family home of Mary, mother of Jesus. Spending time honoring the woman who was the mother of our Savior was a beautiful way to start the day! The priest, Father Tom Rafferty, gave a beautiful homily on becoming involved in your church community and figuring out ways to bring people back to church.
Afterwards, we traveled up Mount Precipice and heard a lecture from Jeff Cavins on Jesus’ time in Nazareth.
You will notice that Jesus does not spend a bunch of time in Nazareth sharing His message. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus made a bold statement at home that he was coming to save the world.
“No prophet is acceptable in his home town.”
Think about it from this perspective; when you have become knowledgeable on a particular subject, your own family will question your knowledge because they knew you before you gained your expertise.
The people brought Him up this hill to throw him off the cliff but, “He passed amongst them and slipped away.” The rivalry amongst those who grew up along side Christ led them to anger when he started teaching and fulfilling the prophecy. What made Him better than them? Why was He chosen? Who did He think He was?
It wasn’t the likely that were blessed or had faith but the unlikely. Think about David, Isaiah, Moses. They all came from meager beginnings to become great leaders.
The tension among families or rivalries can lead to jealousy and anger that can damage the love of family. “I’m a doctor, I am smarter than you… I make more money than you, I am more successful than you… I have our father’s favor, I am more loved than you… I’m serving God and I’m better than you.”
Pay attention to the fact that when Jesus is not accepted by his community he just moves along. When you have tension in your family you should move on instead of trying to prove to them that you are right. Your job as a son or daughter, brother or sister is to be the best son or daughter, brother or sister you can be instead of trying to correct your parents, siblings, family members or community.
Let your love and actions speak loudly and keep your words silent with loved ones. The hard part is, these are the people you really want to have similar views with and share your knowledge to make their lives easier, or to help them be healthier, or come to the Lord – but pushing them only makes them push back. Choose to love them and pray for them and lead by example instead of through your words.
Afterwards, we overtook a small village that demonstrates the lifestyle from 2000+ years ago. We were taught how to press olives to make olive oil, milk goats, make goat cheese, harvest grains and make pita bread. Then we enjoyed a delicious lunch – the fruit of our labors!