Today’s Scripture reading from Mark 6 reminded me of a story I once heard. I share both below:
He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” (Mark 6:1-4)
Soon after he became president in 1912 Woodrow Wilson visited an aged aunt he hadn’t seen in some time. She asked him what he was doing now. He said, “I’ve just been elected president.”
“President of what?” she asked.
“Of the United States.”
“Don’t be silly!” the aunt responded impatiently.