"Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son?” --Matthew 13: 54-55
However, let us not forget that we are about a work from which we do not take rest: the salvific work of our growth in holiness and in seeking the lost through evangelization. In the above quotation from today’s gospel reading, Jesus is about that work. He has grown in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit (personal holiness and relationship with God) and is working mighty works among the people (evangelization and building of the kingdom). And yet, as we also see, those of His town cannot fathom where Jesus’s power has come from, and so they deny and reject Him.
Some things to keep in mind:
Am I grateful for my labors or do I resent them? Do I consider my worldly labors as sacrifices to offer to God or character forming experiences? Do I allow my busy-ness to keep me from the spiritual works of prayer and sharing of my faith? What should my answers be?
Let us follow the example of