The Christian life is a witnessing and representative life. We imitate Christ to such manner that we become Christ for our brothers and sisters. It’s here we are called to be prophets of the Lord. God sends us the prophets, not because we are faithful. It’s simply because, God is full of mercy. Thus we too have to take in to our hearts that we are sent by the Lord as prophets, knowing well that the Lord’s people are going to reject us, and be merciful in our human approach. He does not want to take away the means He has left us for our conversion. WE are the hope of the Lord, so that His people be converted and believe. Even to the rebellious people the Lord has willed to choose a prophet and said to the prophet that by his mere presence that "They will know that there is a prophet in their midst. "
The faithful are invited to lift their hearts towards this God who loves us and learn to handle the rejection of the people in a right spirit, with the divine love and mercy. A heart that is moving toward this God will discover the presence of these prophets, sent by the Lord. We need not force ourselves, unless and otherwise demanded by the Lord. The presence such true prophets of the Lord will be our hope and the hope of the world. That's why some people in our community are able to live a peaceful life, despite failures, pains and sufferings. We find them always happy and internally peaceful. These people were and are well aware that this God does not remove our problems or worries, which we ourselves can handle them, but He gives us courage and hope.
Even though this hope is accessible to all, only those who look at the world with an eye of faith can identify it. A look of faith, longs and searches the signs of the divine presence, not only in oneself, but also in the entire world. That is why, these kind of people know how to rejoice even in their own illness, the healing of another. Even if he sees nothing palpable, he is able to remember the story of salvation where the people of God were loved and accompanied and he/she continues to trust in the Lord's providence.
How does he discover this presence of God? It is in the weaknesses and limits, they discover how wonderfully the Lord accompanies them. Here he learns to recognize his weaknesses without bearing any judgment and accepts them as a means of grace. The more I recognize my weakness, the more I would recognize the means available in me and around me. It is wonderful to hear this from St. Paul, "For when I am weak, then I am strong. ". In such situations we will certainly feel the divine power in us. Since man is trapped by appearance and history, without being able to verify the content of the truth, he is not able to cross the wall of visibility to invisibility, thus fails drastically to identify the divine presence.
The readings of the day, especially the Gospel of the day, tell us exactly this truth and the paradox of life. God does not abandon anyone. Yet, in our weakness, we are not able to discover Him and his accompaniment and grace in our daily lives. In the gospel of the day, this people of Nazareth saw the messenger of God as ordinary beings, and we treat such people today as our wins and fancies. The Lord is here among us, we do not recognize him, for we are looking for an extraordinary being, and our God has chosen to reveal himself in the weakness of man, in a little child. If we cannot identify this presence of God among us, we have not yet understood the gift of incarnation. Let us not lose our hope in the Lord. He is always at work and certainly is a faithful God. Have a wonderful Sunday.