Jesus came to Nazara and spoke to the people in the synagogue: ‘In truth I tell you, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.
‘There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah’s day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a town in Sidonia. And in the prophet Elisha’s time there were many suffering from virulent skin-diseases in Israel, but none of these was cured – only Naaman the Syrian.’
When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him off the cliff, but he passed straight through the crowd and walked away.
* In today’s Gospel Jesus goes back to His home town and proclaims that God’s goodness, compassion and salvation is also extended to the Gentiles, and not solely reserved for the Jews, even though they are the “Chosen People of God.”
* The Jews could not accept this Truth and was filled with a murderous rage as such news was blasphemy.
* As Christians, do we condemn those who do not believe in Jesus and His Good News of Salvation? While we profess to believe in the Good News, do we live it with great love and mercy for the needs of others as Jesus has shown us?.