Daily Word Of God
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.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
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.