"A prophet is not without honor except in his native place."

Wednesday, 2/5/14

Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place.” That is quite provocative.

Like, in my forty years in this diocese while we have paid priests from all over to come speak to us, we have never asked one of our own to give us some of his wisdom.  And that untapped wisdom was always there.

In an entirely different way of considering Our Lord’s statement, we might ask if we are so in awe of professionalism that we do not make the most of our fine amateur abilities.

In filling out his resume my father could not say he was a poet. Yet he made up fine amateur poems all is life. His kids and grandchildren know he wasn’t a professional poet, but they treasure his amateur poems.

My mother didn’t have the voice for a concert or stage career, but we loved to hear her singing for us.

You might not consider yourself a writer, but you can write; and by working with what talent you have, you will hone your thinking and communicating. It will give you self satisfaction, and it will possibly be a source of pleasure and learning for others.

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