First Reading: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 71: 1-6, 15-17
Second Reading: 1 Cor 12:31-13:13
Gospel: Lk 4:21-30
In today’s Gospel, when Jesus began his ministry, he was immediately rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. His friends and neighbors were angered to the point that they drove him from the temple, and led him to a hillside with the intention of hurling him down headlong.
Even though Jesus must have been hurt by the rejection of those in his hometown whom he had lived with, worked with, and trusted, he knew that his ministry came from the Father. He was undaunted, and continued is mission of preaching and healing in other towns.
We know from the First Reading that the Lord knew us in our mothers’ wombs and dedicated our lives to his purpose for us. It is comforting that God knows us and loves us personally. When we know we are in God’s will and acting for his purposes, we can follow the example of Jesus, regardless of rejection or unpopularity.
Lord, there are many occasions in life when we feel rejected or misunderstood. Help us to see ourselves through your loving eyes. May we remember that you knew us in our mothers’ wombs and that you dedicated us to your purpose for our lives that we may continue to act as your hands in our world. Amen
Chris Warders, Associate