The Gospel Today
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
Lk 4: 24-30
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.
Reflection (Sem. Dennis A. de Guzman)
In the Gospel Jesus invited His hometown people to consider loving other people the way God loves them- that is with our border without limits. But people became angry with His message and they threw Him out and wanted to kill Him.
In the seminary, the members of our community come from different regions of the country and have differences in our cultural background. We have prejudices that play in our mind to other members of the community because of our insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings and inaccurate stereotyping. Thus, this prevents us from creating a harmonious relationship with others and sometimes causes division and unnecessary tension. As we encounter different people in our lives we should always be aware and evaluate our emotional reactions and not to allow them color our perception of the other. As a priest in process we are called to integrate ourselves to every member of the community, be acquainted and be intimate with our relationship to prevent ourselves from prejudices and become an effective servant leader. We are called to love all people and be a witness of that love. Through our love of them in His name, He is known. Let us ask God’s help to accept and respect one another without condition as God accepts and respects us.