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March 08, 2021

St. John of God

Lk 4: 24-30

And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 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; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 

There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 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. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Don’t kill the messenger

The beginning and end of today’s Gospel tell a simple story. Jesus says “no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown” so the people of his hometown drive him out of town and try to throw him off a cliff. The End. Wait... not so fast. To illustrate that “no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown,” Jesus doesn’t use examples of prophets who were rejected by their own people. He uses examples of the prophets’ invitation to God’s saving grace and the healing power of God’s love being extended to and received by Gentiles. This is the message to which the people of Nazareth are reacting. They become enraged when Jesus tells them that God makes room at the table for those who are outside of “their” circle. And upon hearing this message, the people of Jesus’ hometown do exactly what he told them they would do - they reject him. 

Think of a time when you reacted defensively to someone’s message. What messages are you missing because you have rejected the messenger?

—Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. 

 

Prayer

Teach me to listen, O God,
to those nearest me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
no matter what words I hear,
the message is,
“Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”...
Teach me, Lord, to Listen. Amen.

Excerpt from “Teach Me to Listen” adapted by John Veltri, SJ


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March 08, 2021

St. John of God

Lk 4: 24-30

And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 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; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 

There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 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. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Don’t kill the messenger

The beginning and end of today’s Gospel tell a simple story. Jesus says “no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown” so the people of his hometown drive him out of town and try to throw him off a cliff. The End. Wait... not so fast. To illustrate that “no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown,” Jesus doesn’t use examples of prophets who were rejected by their own people. He uses examples of the prophets’ invitation to God’s saving grace and the healing power of God’s love being extended to and received by Gentiles. This is the message to which the people of Nazareth are reacting. They become enraged when Jesus tells them that God makes room at the table for those who are outside of “their” circle. And upon hearing this message, the people of Jesus’ hometown do exactly what he told them they would do - they reject him. 

Think of a time when you reacted defensively to someone’s message. What messages are you missing because you have rejected the messenger?

—Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. 

 

Prayer

Teach me to listen, O God,
to those nearest me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
no matter what words I hear,
the message is,
“Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”...
Teach me, Lord, to Listen. Amen.

Excerpt from “Teach Me to Listen” adapted by John Veltri, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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