Year C – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 3, 2012 – Gospel Reflection

Jeremiah 1: 4-5, 17-19, Psalm 71: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 (R/. cf. 15ab), 1 Corinthians 12: 31 – 13: 13 or 13: 4-13, Luke 4:18, Luke 4: 21-30

People seldom welcome prophets.  Jeremiah got the leaders so angry when he told them God was going to punish them for their infidelity to the Lord that they tried to kill him.  No wonder he wanted to avoid being a prophet, but God told him not to worry.  God would deliver him.

Jesus’ own townsfolk tried to kill him.  They got upset when he read from the book of the prophet Isaiah and left out the parts they really wanted to hear – how the rich and powerful Gentiles would be their slaves, they would get all of the Gentiles’ wealth, and they would be on top again.  Instead, Jesus told them that God had other plans for the Gentiles.  Jesus reminded them about Elijah feeding a Gentile woman and her son, and Elisha, curing a Gentile general who had leprosy.  Jesus emphasized how God sent these prophets to the Gentiles.  That is when the hometown folks tried to throw Jesus over a cliff.

Usually we do not realize that a prophet has spoken until later.  Looking back, we realize that God was trying to get something across, get people back on the right path, only they did not want to hear it.

How have you been challenged by prophets in your life?


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