Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time (I) (30th August, 2021) on the Gospel


1Thess 4:13-18;

Ps 95:1.3-5.11-13. (R. v.13);

Lk 4:16-30.

Topic: ...prophet’s hometown.

Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth where He was brought up on the Sabbath. After reading from prophet Isaiah, He said to His audience, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All in the synagogue spoke well of Him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from His mouth. Nevertheless, they queried, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” The hitch of being Joseph’s son reached the point of intending to hurl Him off the cliff but Jesus went away through their midst.

There is a story of an old man who refused the help offered him by a man with a jeep and another in a canoe when the dam burst. He waited for God until he was finally drowned. Standing before God, he queried, ‘How could you let me drown! I trusted you!’ God told him that He sent a jeep and a canoe but he rejected both.[1]

The Nazarenes together with other Jews had prayed and waited for the Messiah for a very long time before the coming of Jesus yet they rejected Him. They expect a saviour whose background will be unknown, cf. Jn 7:27.

Again, in Nigeria we suffer a number of things not because we do not have those to fix them but they are rejected because of their background. This cut across every sphere of life. We either accept our saviours or move from bad to worse.

Bible Readings: 1Cor 1:18-31; Acts 13:13-41.

Thought for today: Accept and live or reject and die.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, by the rejection you suffered in the hands of your brothers and sisters, help us to accept others as we should – Amen.

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[1] Thomas, T. (2010). Spice up your homilies. Mumbai: St Pauls, pp. 105-106.

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