Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:
"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, "Isn't this the son of Joseph?"
He said to them, "Surely you will quote me this proverb,
'Physician, cure yourself,' and say,
'Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'"
And he said, "Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.
+ Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved Spouse.
“all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.”…and… “They were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town,” As we enter into this Gospel passage today, we are met with the most human sentiments; the fickleness of the human heart. One minute we love, the next minute we push away from Love. One minute we ‘bask’ under the loving words of our Lord and the next moment, when He speaks a word of challenge, we want to pretend we didn’t hear, or it doesn’t apply to me, or worse, we have deaf ears. Why is our heart so fickle with the Lord? What makes us detest when we are humbled or challenged to see the Truth as it is? The ‘rawness’ of our humanity can be difficult unless we learn as Jesus taught us to learn from Him: to be meek and humble of heart. To be willing to look at Truth with Him and to not leave His company when we find things in ourselves that frighten us or make us want to cease the battle with self. As we heard in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus has just told them that He was sent to “to bring glad tidings to the poor, …to proclaim liberty to captives” which is good news if we experience our poverty and captivity to sin. …But if we don’t want to acknowledge the truth of our poverty, then we blind ourselves to receiving the good news. As Christians, freedom, truth, and love are always found together in Christ.
Quietly sit with Jesus, in His company, what is He telling you right now? What is He speaking to your heart? Are they words of comfort or words of challenge? Do not be afraid of the Truth, but listen to what He is saying to you in your heart. It takes humility to listen and hear and to receive Truth. In the Gospel today, the people rejected the Truth and the saddest thing happened: “Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.”
“People hate the Truth for the sake of whatever it is they love more than the Truth. They love Truth when it shines warmly on them and hate if when it rebukes them.” (St. Augustine)
Prayer: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.”