Lent Wk 3rd: Monday,  Monday, 5th March,2018  (Lk 4:24-30)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Truth of Self: In today’s Gospel, Jesus pointed out the truth that He would not perform any miraculous cure, because of the lack of faith in Him as the Son of God.  The people were furious and wanted to kill Him.  Reflect on our own life, “Are there sinful aspects in our life e.g. pride, greed, vanity, insecurity, that weaken our faith in God?” 

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus came to Nazara and spoke to the people in the synagogue: ‘In truth I tell you, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country. 

‘There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah's day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a town in Sidonia. And in the prophet Elisha's time there were many suffering from virulent skin-diseases in Israel, but none of these was cured - only Naaman the Syrian.’ 

When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him off the cliff, but he passed straight through the crowd and walked away. 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •Jesus exclaimed that “no prophet is ever accepted in his own country”. He experienced such prejudiced responses in His ministry to the Jews which became obstacles toward the acceptance of the Faith He preached. 

  • •Jesus urges His disciples not to be disheartened, but to go to other towns where the inhabitants were more receptive. 

  • •As believers and followers of Christ’s Good News of salvation, may we witness prophetically in the daily challenges of our lives.