Third Week of Lent : Monday 8th March, 2021

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Good News – Rejection: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed that there will be no miraculous cures for those who obstinately reject the Good News.  Hearing this truth, the crowd tried to kill Jesus.  This episode is symbolic of today’s secular world of atheism and materialism that reject the Good News of Salvation.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Luke 4:24-30

Jesus came to Nazara and spoke to the people in the synagogue: ‘I tell you solemnly, 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 Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha’s time there were many lepers in Israel, but none of these was cured, except the Syrian Naaman.’

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 slipped  through the crowd and walked away.