Growing up, whenever I saw my great-uncle, he would say “put your hands out.” And then start counting down – “three, two, one” – before he dropped what he had in his hand.
It was always a hard candy or a toffee, in a twisted paper wrapper. Sometimes in a flavor I’d never had before. But always good.
So I made sure my hands were where they needed to be. Before he got to “one.”
Today’s Gospel says “he was not able to perform any mighty deed there.” It sounds odd. But it tells us a lot about Jesus.
And about us.
Jesus has so much that He wants for us. But Jesus only gives us what we’re willing to take. If we’re not ready to receive it, Jesus never forces us.
And you and I miss out on so much of God’s best.
Because you and I have to have things our way.
Sure, we’ll accept God’s gifts. But only when they come to us on our terms. In the way that we were expecting.
So it should come as no surprise if our hands aren’t where they need to be.