Feb. 3, 2013: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”
And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. (Luke 4:21-24)
The people who heard Jesus speaking in the synagogue, a building where the Jews worshipped, found it hard to believe what he was saying. They knew he was a carpenter’s son and they had seen him as a child and teenager growing up in Nazareth.
Now that he was an adult, they couldn’t believe he was a prophet and they didn’t accept him.
Do you ever judge others according to what part of town they come or what they look like or who their friends are? When others don’t act according to how you think they should, do you decide not to be friends with them? Do you hang out only with those who look like you, think like you?
Decide this week to accept others the way they are, not the way you would like them to be.