Monday, August 31, 2015

"no prophet is accepted in his own native place"

Monday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:16-30. 

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read
and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: 
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
because he has anointed me 
to bring glad tidings to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives 
and recovery of sight to the blind, 
to let the oppressed go free, 
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." 
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. 
He said to them, "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. 
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.


We are judged according to the background of our parents. The gospel of today tells us that even if we can achieve great things we are still judge according to our parent's image. Look at Jesus in this gospel, He utter gracious words and made the people amazed of what he has telling them and yet in the end he was judge according to the image of Joseph, his poster father here on earth. Since Joseph is a carpenter the people's impression of what Jesus said to them suddenly changed. For this reason, Jesus told them that "No prophet is accepted in his own native place". This is still applies to anybody. People tend to judge us according to the image of our parents. Usually, a person is more praised in some other place other than his own hometown. In fact, there are many Filipinos who went abroad and awarded a lot of praises and recognition other than his hometown. There are many political leaders who were not voted in their home place and yet when he migrated to other place he won the election in the place. Sadly, this things happened. We should reflect and pray on this so that we will not be judgmental according to the background of the parents of others. Let the person perform in his own and forget the background of his parents because parents and child have total different personalities.

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