Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19, Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13-13, & Luke 4:21-30
In today's Gospel narrative, our Lord is once again speaking in the synagogue. He tells His listeners, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." They were amazed at Jesus' preaching, and they spoke highly of Him. Some asked, Isn't this the son of Joseph?" Were they wondering how Jesus had become such a scholar and preacher? After all, His father, Joseph, was just a carpenter.
Do we ever discount someone's gifts or talents because they do not have the formal education or proper training? We don't want others to judge us, yet most of us judge others, even without knowing them, all the time. We may not like the way a person speaks, dresses, acts. However, we feel the pain of being judged or ignored for superficial reasons, yet we generate the same hurt by being judgmental ourselves.
Some in the synagogue dismissed Jesus simply because He was a "lowly" carpenter. Other individuals were "amazed" by His teaching and presence. As you come to know the person of Jesus, are you "amazed" by Him? Or, conversely, have you lost the thrill, the joy, and the wonder you experienced when Jesus first became real to you and no longer was just a character in the Holy Bible?
Today, I invite you to sit in a quiet place and contemplate Jesus' presence. Be attentive to how you feel and what you experience in the silence. May your mind and heart be open and recognize His presence. Our Lord is with you. He will never fail you—Never!
Question of the Day: Will you accept everyone you meet regardless of their background?
Prayer: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land." (Mt 5:3-4)