Each gathering of the faithful on the Sunday celebration is a powerful moment when the community bears witness to the God of love and mercy, in a concrete way, by celebrating a worship worthy of God. There we remember an event that God himself has asked us to do; do it in memory of me. So our celebration is a celebration of love; God so loved the world and wanted to love it to the end. It is a celebration of patience and trust; God has put his trust in man. It is a celebration of hope, because from here everything will begin again. We will leave here as missionaries of the Lord, spreading the message of hope to the whole world. I do repeat this message, very often, in different way in my daily gospel application.
As we heard in the first reading, nothing was by chance. Everything was measured, calculated and in the end well executed. God doesn’t work on chance, rather with full elaboration and planning. From the incarnation of the Lord, we are part of this salvation story, not as a participant, a consumerist approach, but a concrete commitment, a constructive approach. We believe in this beautiful message, though addressed to the prophet, today to you and me, "Before I fashioned you in your mother's womb, I knew you; before you came into the world, I consecrated you; I am making you a prophet to the nations. We are filled with events and moments, abundantly blessed with talents to discern and choose. Saint Paul tells us that everything may disappear, but charity will remain. Charity is a fruit of hope and hope is born in faith. It is charity or love that makes visible this faith that animate us.
So I invite you to look at a day of Jesus as presented in today’s gospel that can be ours. A day that starts well, with praise, recognition of divine power, including the fulfilment of prophecy. It will end however miserably, in violence and despair. Why did a very pleasant event end in violence? Simply man wanted to divert the divine will, for his own benefit, by putting God himself to the test. It is no longer your will, but my will be done. If you are God, do this or that, etc. They wish that God proves himself before the humanity.
Saint Paul says in the second reading that we do not have all the truth. God alone has all the truth and all we have are partial. Our view of God, and also of each other, is never perfect. That is why, instead of acting in the face of justice, conditioned by our very subjective views, we must choose a path of love and forgiveness. Man will err miserably if he has no love.
Jesus chose the people of Capernaum, a commercial town than Nazareth where he grew up. People had the impression that they knew him through and through. They wished that he continue to remain as child of the village and obeys the wills of the local. The work of the Lord will be manifested, not among his people who refuse to believe, but in a foreign land filled with faith in God, as in the time of the prophet Elijah and Elisha. This causes a stir, because Jesus justifies his choice according to the history of salvation, their own history, which will remind them of their own unfaithfulness and unbelief, which they refuse to acknowledge.
Since God does not act according to our merits, but fully in love and mercy, we see clearly in Jesus, who will find his way, among these people, "passing through their midst, going his way". Thus he will show up to his people, the good way that we all have to undertake all our life. It is good to ignore our adversaries, and continue the divine works, like Jesus, all our lives. People act in ignorance and some with full knowledge. Whatever be the situation, we are called to ignore them and give them less importance. Jesus didn’t judge them, or accuse them. However, he didn’t fail to show them where they failed in their march towards the loving God. Even today, we face many such moments of life and the persecution of the good and innocent people, is not of the past, very much, actuality of the day. Let us never forget the divine promise to his apostles, and in the salvation history, to his prophets and judges that we heard in the first reading: "I am with you. Let’s advance in hope, in proclaiming the salvation to the whole world.