St. Brigid of Kildare
I feel badly for Jesus in today's gospel. The one place you want to feel loved and accepted is at home. Jesus didn't have the homecoming he had hoped for. He was criticized and doubted. He was belittled. No one thought someone from such meager beginnings as he could be so wise.
One more thing: I would hate to think of the same thing happening to my children when they come home. However, it does give me pause to consider how I welcome them home. Do I make our home a place that encourages and fosters dreams? Do I properly celebrate my children's successes and give them more responsibility and freedom when the achieve? Do they feel more accepted here than when they visit at their friend's house? Today I resolve to welcome each child home and say something positive about each of them every day.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know how it feels to be rejected. Wrap your comforting arms around my children when they feel rejected and left out. Help me to always make home a welcome and loving place where my children feel my love and yours. In your precious name I pray, Amen. St. Brigid, pray for me.