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were astonished and said: "Where did he get these teachings? What is this wisdom which has been given him ? and what are these wonderful acts of healing that he does ? Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon ? Are not his sisters living here among us ? " And they would not believe in him. Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and among his relatives and in his own home."
In that place he could do no wonderful acts except laying his hands on a few sick people and healing them; and he was astonished at their lack of faith. So he went about the near-by villages teach­ing.
JESUS CALLS TOGETHER HIS FRIENDS AND HELPERS
Jesus went up on the hillside near Capernaum and called to him the men whom he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve to be with him and to go out to preach, with power to cast out evil spirits. These were the twelve disciples: Simon to whom he gave also the name Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, whom he called "Sons of Thunder," Andrew, Philip, Bar­tholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphseus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who at last betrayed him.
Then Jesus went into a house and the crowd gathered again so that it was impossible even to eat a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to get hold of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind." Standing outside, his mother and his brothers sent word to him to come out to them. He was in the midst of a crowd seated about him when some one said to him, "Here are your mother and your brothers and sisters outside hunting for you." He answered, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" Then looking around at those who sat in a circle about him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."
WHAT JESUS ASKS OF HIS FRIENDS AND HELPERS
Once Jesus entered a certain village where a woman named Martha invited him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who seated herself at Jesus' feet and listened to his words. But
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