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Liturgical day: Sunday 14th (B) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 6,1-6): Jesus returned to his own country, and his disciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, He began teaching in the synagogue, and most of those who heard him were astonished. They commented, «How did this come to him? What kind of wisdom has been given to him? (…)». So they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, «Prophets are despised only in their own country, among their relatives and in their own family» (…). Jesus himself was astounded at their unbelief.

Jesus does not remove anything from the "Torah", but He "adds": He adds Himself

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the “debate” surrounding Jesus of Nazareth stands out. Elsewhere in the Gospels we can see how Pharisees and scribes argue and get “shocked”… Now even His own countrymen and relatives do too: they believe they know Him, but actually they do not. To get to know Him we need faith: miracles do not suffice!

The "I" of Jesus ("I say...") creates a "conflict" in His listeners. His interlocutors understand Jesus is not trying to remove anything from the sacred "Law"; quite on the contrary, He is adding. But He is adding Himself: He is the “Torah”, He is greater than the Temple and Lord of the Sabbath"... This is the central point of the Jews’ "alarm": the centrality of Jesus “I” in His message, which gives everything a new direction. Perfection (the state of being holy as God is holy) as demanded by the "Torah", now consists in following Jesus.

—This mysterious identification of Jesus and God that is reflected in His words is, precisely, the center of the Christian faith: Jesus, You are the Son of God!