This Week’s Vincentian Reflection

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
February 3, 2013

Gospel: (Luke 4:21-30)

Jesus began speaking in the synagogue…and all were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph? He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician heal yourself.’ And say ‘Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’” And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.” When the people heard all that he was saying, they were 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 was built, to hurl him down headlong. But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.

Reflection:

As the crowds doubted who Jesus was because of his simple origins, so will others doubt who we are if we courageously live the gospel. No matter what simple origins we might have, our living the gospel is what must shape our everyday choices. This means, for example, that if the chatter around the coffee machine at work grows uncharitable or coarse, we have the courage to walk away. If prejudice exists among our friends and acquaintances, we have the courage to extol the dignity of the minority. We are called to place gospel values before any other values and to be willing to put our lives on the line for them. (Living Liturgy, p.50)

Vincentian Meditation:

St. Vincent was also from “simple origins” but he also had a striking belief in the power of the gospel. He told us that, “Each one must strive, above all else, to ground himself in this truth: the teaching of Christ can never deceive, while that of the world is always false, since Christ himself declares that the latter is like a house built on sand, whereas he compares his own to a building founded upon a solid rock.” For this reason we must always make claim to act according to the maxims of Christ, never according to those of the world. (Maloney, Go! On the Missionary Spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul, p. 150)

Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)

How does your living of the gospel shape your everyday choices?

Closing Prayer:

We pray for the grace to proclaim the gospel in our lives:
-May we live the values that Jesus taught.
We pray that our words and actions bear witness to Christ,
-May we live the values that Jesus taught.
We pray that we may bring hope and healing to the sick and suffering.
-May we live the values that Jesus taught. Amen

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