Sunday, September 01, 2019
MONDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
September 2, 2019 – MONDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Bl. J. Bonnaud, J. Imbert and J. N. Cordier, Bl. T. Sitjar and Companions,
Priests and Martyrs
1 Thes 4: 13 – 18 / Lk 4: 16 – 30
Bl. James Bonnaud (1740 – 1792), born in Haiti, Frenchmen Joseph Imbert (1720 – 1794) and Jean Nicholas Cordier (1710 – 1794) were Jesuit priests martyred during the French Revolution.
Bl. Thomas Sitjar (1866 – 1936), a Spanish Jesuit priest, and ten other priests were martyred during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 4: 16 – 30
When Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been brought up, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the book of the prophet Isaiah.
Jesus then unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord's year of mercy."
Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it to the attendant and sat down, while the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he said to them, "Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen."
All agreed with him and were lost in wonder, while he kept on speaking of the grace of God. Nevertheless they asked, "Who is this but Joseph's son?" So he said, "Doubtless you will quote me the saying: Doctor, heal yourself. Do here in your own town what they say you did in Capernaum."
Jesus added, "No prophet is honored in his own country. Truly, I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens withheld rain for three years and six months and a great famine came over the whole land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them but to a widow of Zarephath, in the country of Sidon. There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha, the prophet, and no one was healed except Naaman, the Syrian. "
On hearing these words, the whole assembly became indignant. They rose up and brought him out of the town, to the edge of the hill on which Nazareth is built, intending to throw him down the cliff. But he passed through their midst and went his way.
Jesus' words have never been meant to be taken lightly and today's Gospel reading makes this abundantly clear. When at the synagogue in his hometown Nazareth, he quotes from Isaiah to declare his mission and work, his own towns-people could not believe him, "Who is this but Joseph's son?"
The people of Nazareth got more indignant when Jesus showed them they were acting as their ancestors did, "No prophet is honored in his own country." Jesus reminded them of God's actions for other people when the Prophet Elijah fed the widow and her son in Sidon, beyond Israel, and when the Prophet Elisha healed the Syrian Naaman of his leprosy.
The mission of Jesus continues as the mission of the Church. Each member of the Church is tasked to help out in some way, "to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord's year of mercy."
Am I ready to help out?
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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