And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
Familiarity is something that many of us deal with. The word itself seems to have it's root in the word "family". Consider this saying:"Familiarity breeds contempt". It is sometimes difficult for some to honor a person who they have known all of their lives. Consider Jacob's son Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph's brothers listened to Joseph speak of his dreams of leadership and contempt grew in their hearts.
On the flip-side it is often so difficult for children who have been raised in the religious families to not develop a contempt for their religious environment, leaders and family.
I think that children are very insightful and when they see (or even smell out) a bit of hypocrisy they often react with a bit of contempt.
The sad thing about familiarity.. whether it be from adults or children.. is how it cuts you off from faith. Familiarity with people and organizations can sometimes obscure God. Sometimes it can skew our impressions of Him. And many times if takes an unfamiliar face to bring faith to the surface.
Lord, help me to be an unfamiliar face for someone today.