O Lord, never let me reject you.
Picture Jesus confronted by the angry citizens of Nazareth.
The mood of the crowd changes suddenly from acceptance to rejection because they want to see miracles. Jesus recounts two stories in which the prophets worked no miracles for Jews but did help non-Jewish people. The crowd tries to kill Jesus but it is not yet his hour.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- These people of Nazareth have an obstacle to accepting Jesus as a prophet. They knew him as a little boy as the son of Joseph. These memories close their minds.
- The people feel that they have a right to Jesus’ miracles. After all, he grew up in Nazareth.
- Jesus cites Elijah and Elisha who worked miracles for foreigners but none for Israel.
- This rebuke stirs them to anger and to an attempt to kill Jesus.
- The Father wants Jesus to die in Jerusalem where all will witness his sacrifice.
- Because it rejects Jesus, Nazareth receives no blessing.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I have so many obstacles. Remove them all.
- I accept you, Jesus. I open my heart wide. I am yours.
- I am rich only because you blessed me. All that I have comes from you.
- Your favors are for everyone. You push no one aside. You look with love, even upon me.
- Poor Nazareth, deprived of your blessings. Woe is me if I reject you and lose your Kingdom.
- Teach me patience. Often I do not understand your ways.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own)
+ I will seek Jesus today with childlike faith.
+ I will believe that I will receive favors and I will use them well.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
Jesus passed through their midst and went his way.