Monday 5 March 2018

About Today Readings

2 Kings 5:1-15. Psalm 41(42):2-3; 42(43):3-4. Luke 4:24-30. 

My soul is thirsting for the living God: when shall I see him face to face?—Psalm 41(42):2-3;  42(43):3-4

Is not this the carpenter’s son? They led him out of town to throw him off a cliff, but he escaped them and went on his way.

This story is rich with insight into the person and mission of Jesus. Jesus grew up, lived and worked in Nazareth, accepting his role as the son of Joseph the carpenter. Once he devoted himself to the ministry God his Father asked of him, he taught his Father’s love and encouraged people to love one another. Yet despite being impressed by his wisdom and astounded by his teaching, his hometown refused to accept what he offered.

It was also part of Jesus’ ministry to trouble the insincere and afflict the comfortable. He often faced their hatred. Despite this, he persevered through pain in his ministry of calling us to live as servants of peace in a community of love.

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