“Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him?"
When we don't like or are holding a resentment against someone, we can find any number of spurious reasons to undermine their reputation or good name, and although we might be subtle in our criticism, anyone listening can sense our dislike and hostility. As Jesus began to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, his listeners, especially those who had something to lose if Jesus became too powerful, attacked him where they though he was most vulnerable, his simple and poor background and family.
It's easy to find and even exploit the faults of others. They are usually on full display. Those who talk too much or too loudly are rarely quiet in public places. Those who think they know everything, are rarely reluctant to offer their opinion. If we look for faults, we can always find them, but this is not what the Gospel demands of us. When we, like Jesus, see and respond to people's yearning and affirm their strengths, everyone benefits. Thought their faults might not diminish, their goodness is experienced and enjoyed by all.
Today, chose not to have an opinion in a conversation. Just listen.
Who most impresses you with their discretion and wisdom?