“…no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.”
Gospel: Luke 4: 21-30
21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, “Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’ “24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
Jesus went to Nazareth and taught in the temple. At first the people were amazed at his knowledge but then it occurred to them, he was one of them—a carpenter in their own village! They became very angry with Jesus and planned to throw him bodily from a nearby mountain top. Jesus simply walked through the crowd and left.
Relating the Gospel to our lives today.
The Jews Jesus was speaking to prided them-selves as being ‘Gods chosen people’. They were eagerly awaiting their promised Messiah. When Jesus began to reveal Himself as the Messiah, they were amazed and up-beat. But they suddenly changed their attitude as Jesus continued to speak to them. Jesus used two examples from scripture to illustrate what His earthly mission was all about. However, the widow at Zarephath in Sidon, and Naaman the Syrian were both Gentiles. This would have outraged the Jews as they presumed themselves as a race to be ‘Gods chosen people’. To think that God was offering salvation to every Human being on earth put the Jews on the same level playing field as the Gentiles. This is what the angry crowd couldn’t accept.
Do we ever make the same mistake as the angry crowd? Do we ever assume that our religion, race, our job or how much money we have makes us more important than other people? It is an easy mistake to make. Jesus teaches us in this week’s Gospel that each and every one of us human beings is of equal value to God. He loves us all the same. It also reminds us that Gods love is not just reserved for Christians. In fact it would be fair to say that being a Christian only increases our responsibility to share the love of Christ with those who don’t yet know it. Let us concentrate this week on showing the beauty of our faith to those around us, as we continue to be living examples of Christ’s love.
- God’s love knows no boundaries.
- Jesus came to give the Good News to all people.
- How can I show the beauty of my faith?
I am sorry if I have ever proudly thought myself as being more important that someone else. I am also sorry if I have ever put my-self down as being worthless. Both these things are untrue! Help me see myself and those around me through Your eyes.
Thank you, I love You Jesus, amen.