Weekend Reflections for 1/29/16
His People Reject Jesus
"And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. ... When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury." (Lk 4:22,28)
In last Sunday's Gospel reading Jesus proclaims to his friends and neighbors that he is the One sent by God, the Messiah. He has taken upon himself the identity and role of a prophet, not one who foretells the future but one who calls attention to reality and indicates what is of God and what is not. He warns his audience that they are not the only ones favored and chosen by God and that their hatred of others is not of God. Their amazement quickly turned to anger and fury, so strong that they try to kill him. It's a frightening reminder and foreshadowing that the Jews often put the prophets to death in Jerusalem.
In the second reading of the day from the First Letter to the Corinthians (12:31-13:13) Paul elaborates on Jesus' prophetic message that God is Love. He details the qualities of love as lived out by Jesus in all of his dealings and relationships. Ignatius reminds us that "love shows itself in deeds"; it must be more than words and feelings. May we learn from Jesus and Paul how to truly be Christian, Christ-like, in all aspects of our lives.