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Luke 4, 24-30

by Fr. Luis A. Zazano
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4, 24-30

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth:
“Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel
in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

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Nobody’s life is easy

1. No prophet is accepted in his own native place. How many things come to mind with this phrase! As an example, taking the gospel to your family or loved ones is hard, because they may take you as a fundamentalist or a fanatic. They might judge your mistakes and tell you what you do wrong. Being a Catholic, you must remember you are a prophet, and this is a divine vocation that we are all given. Christianity is a vocation and a calling for all of us.

2. Elijah´s situation. There are times we stay looking at others and what they have rather than looking at what we have. It is important to value what you have instead of wishing for the things others have. You have many riches, but many times you prefer to look elsewhere rather than within yourself.

3. They drove him out of the town. There are times when we do not like what people have to say of us, because we believe they are our enemies or out after us. This is the wrong perspective. Remember we must correct one another in a constructive way in our religious life, to grow as human beings. God never leaves us alone, but it is up to us to improve daily.

God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And remember, Heaven is our goal!

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