Gospel – Luke 4:21-30

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.


Reflection on the Gospel

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

“Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
How can the child of such a simple, holy man say the things that he says?
The reality is that Jesus listens and responds to the Holy Spirit and says and does great things.
There are people with whom I interact who listen and respond to the Holy Spirit.
Do I recognize the work of God in them or do I want to take them to the brow of a hill and hurl them down?
Do I listen and respond to the Holy Spirit?
I suppose a good indication of whether I do or not is if people would like to take me to the brow of a hill and hurl me down.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Amen.