“AMEN, I SAY TO YOU,NO PROPHET IS ACCEPTED IN HIS OWN NATIVE PLACE.” LK 4:24-30
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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. LK 4:24-30
Have you ever felt unaccepted somewhere? Sadly, this happens in our homes, schools, parishes, and communities. Imagine if you were a prophet or the Son of God and you were not accepted in the place you were raised. Jesus had the power to heal, raise people from the dead, He is Word made Flesh to tell everyone about salvation and eternal life. He died on a cross for these people. Yet they did not accept Him. Why? The same reason we do not accept Him.
He still has the power to heal today through priests, He is present in all of our tabernacles, with those in prayer, and His Word is always living and effective. He is with you and I now in the Spirit. Why don’t we accept Him? I don’t know about you but when I am really honest with myself and I listen to my heart, I’m afraid. Afraid to change maybe, but I want to. I want to get closer to Jesus, too. But, I am most afraid of dying to myself, losing control, being vulnerable and giving my life completely to God. I am afraid that it will be a harder life. God will test me more or the devil will tempt me more because I am trying to give myself completely to God.
I know you have many other reasons, too. Today, let us be courageous men and woman, truly die to self and allow God to be in control. Jesus tells us in the Scriptures hundreds of times, “Be not afraid”. What is the worst that could happen? Eternal life with God, it is worth it! This is our identity, purpose, and mission!
Today’s challenge: Die to self totally and completely. Let Jesus love you.
Be a servant, become a saint!