In the dawn of His public ministry, Christ performed many miracles that astonished His audiences. With power and authority, He preached the good news, healed people with various infirmities, including blindness and paralysis, and expelled demons from people. Yet the Redeemer never performed any miracle in hostile audiences that did not believe His divinity.
News about Jesus reached Nazareth, where He had lived. One Saturday, He entered in the synagogue, and stood up to read Isaiah 61, a text chosen by God’s providence to declare that Christ was initiating the messianic era of salvation. He himself asserted that He was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” told Jesus.
The message moved the assembly from amazement to fury, because Jesus was Nazorean. They led Christ out of the city to throw Him down a cliff and murder Him, “but passing through the midst of them He went away” (Luke 4:30). The Redeemer confounded the furious crowd because His hour had not arrived yet. He had to preach the good news to the Poor in Spirit, to proclaim release to Satan’s captives and to operate miracles, before he would surrender Himself to His passion, crucifixion and death on a cross to redeem humanity.
The Parable of the Sower relates audience attitude to the word of God. The twelve apostles asked Jesus to explain the meaning of the parable.
“The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop — some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” (Mark 4:14-20)
Faith is a precious virtue received in Baptism that allows us to believe in God … We must cherish and protect our Faith, because if we lose it we lose our compass to Heaven. Humility disposes a catholic to accept and to live the mysteries of the faith and his religious experiences bring about an increase in spirituality. The meek grasp the mysteries of the faith through their hearts before reasoning the mysteries for harmony between emotion and cognition. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” (Mateus 5:3)