And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is only despised in his own country among his own relations and in his own house."Mark 6:1-6
In the Gospel for this week, Jesus returned and preached in his hometown. His townsfolk were amazed at his eloquence of speech and refused to believe in him, citing that a carpenter's son cannot be a prophet. Jesus was equally amazed and perturbed that his own folk would not accept him.
In ancient times, people hate prophets. Prophets asked people to change their ways lest they be destroyed. However, no one is excited to change because they are enjoying their lives - be it correctly or sinfully. A life of a prophet is lonely. They are constantly rejected, suffering and being betrayed but they still preach the truth.
We are reminded in this week's Gospel to continue to stand up in truth against the untruths in our age. We need to know why and what the Church preaches against the issues of gay marriages, abortions, stem cell cloning, etc to better stand up for the truth. Although this may be uncomfortable and painful (especially if someone close to us is involved), by virtue of our Baptism, we are called to be a prophet - to speak the truth.