21st of March

Publié le 20 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Lk 4:24-30): 

 

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth: “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 he passed through the midst of them and went away.

 

The Application

 

The conversion that the Lord has required of us is a call to acknowledge our unbelief and unfaithfulness before a faithful God. For people of faith, the presence and works of God are evident and they do not look for an external sign to believe or have faith. Since they already see in the history of salvation the signs that God has been giving for centuries, they are content with them, without putting God to the test. This approach to life helps us to listen to the prophets of the day and to welcome their message of conversion as an opportunity and a gift, which come directly from this God of love and mercy.

I also invite you to imitate the behaviour of Jesus in front of his adversaries, "........passing in their midst, going his way. "The Lord chose to stay with this unfaithful and harsh people. Since these people are His beloved, He continues to give them this opportunity to be converted.  The people of this world, especially our contemporaries, need our presence and our good witness of divine love and forgiveness. Let us follow in the footsteps of the Lord, and learn to walk the path that Jesus leads us daily.

 

Action of the day: Be open and welcoming.

”No prophet is accepted in his own native place”

 

Fr. Higinio Rafael ROSOLEN IVE

(Cobourg, Ontario, Canada)

 

Today Jesus tells us in the Gospel that “no prophet is accepted in his own native place” (Lk 4:24). By making use of this proverb Jesus is introducing Himself as a prophet.

A "Prophet" is someone who speaks on behalf of another, he who carries someone else’s message. Among the Hebrews, the prophets were men sent by God to announce, whether with words or signs, the presence of God, the coming of the Messiah and the message of salvation, peace and hope.

Jesus is the Prophet par excellence, the long awaited Savior; in Him all prophecies are fulfilled. But, just as it did happen at the time of Elijah and Elisha, Jesus is not “well accepted” among their own, for those who are filled with anger “rose up, drove him out of the town” (Lk 4:29).

Because of our baptism each one of us is also called to be a prophet. Therefore:

1st. We should announce the Good News. To do so, as Pope Francis said, we have to listen to the Word with a sincere approach, to let it touch our own lives, to let it retrieve us, exhort us, mobilize us, because if we do not dedicate time to pray with that Word, then we shall indeed be a “false prophet”, a "”swindler” or an “empty charlatan”

2nd. To live by the Gospel. Again Pope Francis says: “We are not asked to be flawless, but to keep growing and wanting to grow as we advance along the path of the Gospel; our arms must never grow slack.” It is essential to be sure that God loves us, that Jesus Christ has saved us and that His love is forever.

3rd. As disciples of Jesus, we must be aware that just as Jesus experienced rejection, anger and being drove out; this will also be present on the horizon of our daily lives.

Let Mary, Queen of the prophets, guide us on our way.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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