by Alexandre Bida
Gospel of Luke 4:24-30 Reflection:
Today's Gospel speaks of how a prophet is not accepted by his own people. Jesus was amongst the people he grew up with, in Nazara (Nazarene).
In Jesus' parables, we can deduce that to be one of the chosen people of God is not dependent on our parents or on what religion we were born into but is based on the disposition of our heart.
Those listening to Jesus were angry, in fact enraged. They physically took hold of Jesus and "hustled him out of the town". They took him to the brow of hill, ready to push him over and then a miracle happened.
How it happened has been debated by mighty scholars. All that St John tells us is "he slipped through the crowd and walked away".
It strikes me that Jesus didn't run to get away but walked away. St Ambrose says "When He wills, He is taken, when He wills, He escapes. " We have to remember that Jesus is in control.
So what do we get from this reading today? Maybe when we listen to the Word of God and not like what it reveals about us, we should not take the first impulse like the Nazarene and try to ignore or talk through the Truth.
We need to recognize that our sins blind not only our eyes but our minds and we must pray to the Holy Spirit to help us. Yes, we must learn to pray without ceasing.
We cannot do it alone.