A Prophet

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Jesus is above all things a teller of the truth.  Brutally honest truth.  Sometimes we don’t want to hear it.  In today’s gospel passage from Luke, Jesus gives the people of Nazareth a sobering message.

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.

The message is clear.  We must believe in him to be saved. In fact, that is the only way we can be saved, there is no other way. The fact that we are members of the church is not enough.  Just because Jesus is a familiar figure to us does not mean that we have the faith that leads to eternal life.  Our hearts have to be opened to him.

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One Response to A Prophet

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love. One awesome quote that pretty much encompasses the thought is as follows:
    “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
    It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
    ― Pope John Paul II

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