Monday 4 September 2017

About Today Readings

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Psalm 95(96):1, 3-5, 11-13. Luke 4:16-30.

The Lord comes to judge the earth – Psalm 95(96):1, 3-5, 11-13.

‘A time of favour from the Lord has begun!’

Jesus came to his hometown synagogue in Nazareth proclaiming an amazingly positive message. The promises of healing, forgiveness and restoration described in Isaiah were about to be fulfilled.

At first the people’s response was positive, but then some began to wonder: ‘Isn’t this Joseph’s son? How can he be making such sweeping declarations about God?’ The negativity began to spread. Doubts turned into scepticism and scepticism turned into cynicism. Jesus responded with truth and then violence broke out. Negativity prevailed that day in Nazareth.

There are many ways we let negativity cloud our judgement. But that isn’t the way Jesus was, nor the way he wants us to be. He wants us to share his confidence and trust in God and to pay more attention to God’s love than to others’ failings, or our own.

Email this Print This Page