21st MARCH 2022

REJECTION – JESUS SHOWS US WHAT TO DO | Wings A Journey in Faith


MONDAY, THIRD WEEK OF LENT

 

2 Kgs 5: 1-15;                        Ps 42: 2, 3; 43: 3, 4;               Lk 4: 24-30


  

SEEING THE POSITIVE IN THE SEEMINGLY NEGATIVE

 

In today’s first reading, we hear of two people who were asked to do something and initially reacted in a very negative way to what was being asked of them. First, when the king of Aram asked the king of Israel in a letter to cure his commander Naaman of his leprosy, the king of Israel was furious and thought the king of Aram was trying to pick a quarrel with him. Second, When Naaman was asked by Elisha the prophet to bathe in the river Jordan for the healing of his leprosy, Naaman was angry and thought Elisha was trying to insult him. However, both, the king of Israel and Naaman, misinterpreted something positive that was being asked of them in a very negative way.

 

Our first reaction to what is being asked of us is not always the best. Sometimes we need another person to point out to us that there is something good in what we initially see as negative. In the gospel, Jesus meets with a very violent reaction from the inhabitants of Nazareth. They hustled Jesus out of the town, intending to throw him down the hill on which their town was built. Their reaction to Jesus was one of great anger which possibly could have met with great disaster.

 

Jesus’ life was plagued with rejection from birth to death. At his birth, there was no room for him at the inn in Bethlehem, and he was cast off into the cold night. Herod feared his kingship and sent an army to kill the Child Jesus, and so he was exiled to Egypt. Rejected by the Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, “he came to his own and his own did not receive him” (cf. Jn 1: 11).

 

So what do we do when we face rejection? We need the wisdom to hear and see the good in what we can be tempted to dismiss as problematic. If we stand back and allow ourselves to reflect and truly listen to what is unfolding, we can be helped to see the Lord in places, in situations, where we might never expect him to be.

 


Response: My soul is thirsting for God, the living God. When can I enter and appear before the face of God?


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