Going home is not always easy. Jesus certainly finds this to be true, though he’s still willing to make the trip. His previous reaction to his family in chapter 3 appears to have a set a stage in which the folk of his home-town are negative towards him. Rather than praise his insight and miraculous activity, they question what the truth really is about him and keep their distance, with hardly anyone asking him for help. Jesus isn’t surprised and he comments on how typical this has been in Israel: those commissioned to speak for God – prophets – have often faced rejection by those who thought they knew them best. It’s a sorry state of affairs.
And here is a short talk based on the same passage: He Changed The World (Episode 17)