The big cities are sometimes thought to contain all the wisdom, while the little towns are looked upon as backward and unprogressive. Christ chose the insignificant Bethlehem for the glory of His birth; the ridiculed Nazareth for His youth; but the glorious Jerusalem for the ignominy of His death. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” is but the prelude to “Can anything redemptive come from a man who dies on a cross?”
No one would ever look to Galilee, therefore, for a teacher; and yet the Light of the World was the Galilean. God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the self-wise and proud. Nathanael merely gave expression to an evil prejudice probably as old as humanity itself; people and their power to teach are judged by the places whence they come. Worldly wisdom comes from where we expect it, in the best-sellers, the “standard brands” and the universities. Divine Wisdom comes from the unsuspected quarters, which the world holds in derision.
—from Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen, Ch. 2: Early Life of Christ