Matthew, Mark, Luke and John agree. When the Son of God came into the world He was not warmly received.
There was a saying in Israel: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Jn 1:46) Yet it was precisely there – to Nazareth – that God sent His holy messenger “the angel Gabriel” to address the woman chosen to be the Mother of Jesus – and Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit there in Nazareth. Yes, the salvation of humanity comes out of Nazareth!
Years later Jesus would explain that “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Mt 8:20, also Lk 9:57) Yet it is true, that the Unborn Son of man laid His head to rest within the womb of His mother for nine sacred months! Her womb, like her heart was full of the love of God!
The Lord told us also: “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” (Mk 6:4, also Lk 4:24). And yet when Mary (and her unborn Child) arrived at the home of her cousin Elizabeth (who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist), Unborn Jesus was warmly received by Elizabeth and her unborn son John who leaped in the womb for joy!
After spending three months with Elizabeth (and John…unborn, then finally born), Mary returned to Nazareth. “He came to his own home, and his own people received him not” (Jn 1:11).
So, we see that in the initial months of the Incarnation, the Son of God was lovingly welcomed and received by two women and an unborn baby: Mary, Elizabeth and unborn John the Baptist. The prophets had spoken of “a remnant” of faithful Israelites – here were three faithful ones, waiting for the prayers of their ancestors to be answered.
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