Gospel of Luke 4:31-37 Reflection:
I had read the readings for today before I went to breakfast and while I was sitting eating I realized the connection between them;
In the gospel Luke tells us that Jesus taught with authority. Now, this used to drive the Pharisees mad as they knew that no one but God could interpret scriptures and that by saying this, he knew what God meant and what he was saying, Jesus was proclaiming himself equal to, and therefore to be, God.
In the first reading from 1Cor, chapter 2, Paul tells us that the Spirit knows the mind of everyone, even God and that as Christians we have this Spirit within us. It follows that we too, in a way, and as much as the Spirit lets us see these things, we too can know the mind of God.
This claim, when it is taken on by the Church and she uses it to proclaim on morality, drives the poor old secularist mad in the same way that Jesus used to drive the Pharisees mad as well. The only difference is that the Pharisees said that no one could understand God whereas nowadays we say that there is no god or that everyone has the right to interpret God in whatever way they want and that God must agree with them.
The poor world has no understanding: these people are to be pitied, not scorned. They make themselves and their opinions their own wee God and when all goes wrong they have no one to blame but God, since they can never see anything wrong in what they do.
Human nature does not really change, does it.