DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Familiarity – Faith: When we are close to someone in our relationship, there is a tendency to take the goodness of that person for granted. Jesus in today’s Gospel points out this truth of His townsfolks in Nazara. Their familiarity has blinded them from seeing Him as the Messiah. Pray for the wisdom to love Jesus more personally.
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.