Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022916.cfm
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.
How many times have you gotten mad at someone for trying to teach you the word of God because you “think” you know what type of person they are? You think you know them, so you assume they have nothing to teach you. You know where they came from, so how could they dare to teach you? We all have our prejudices about the people around us. The next time this happens, put those thoughts aside and listen objectively. Who knows, you just might hear Christ speaking to you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always be open to what those around me have to say. Help me to listen with an open heart and mind and ignore the prejudices of the world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Athirst is my soul for the living God. When shall I go and behold the face of God?