Gospel: Luke 4:14-22
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’
How do we react when facing a difficult situation? Do we seek God in times of happiness? How about in difficult times? Today, my whole family grieves over the death of my Uncle and these are the questions running through my mind.
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, continues to teach the people in the synagogue even if people doubted and to the point of rejecting Him. It reminds me that at this moment of our sadness the only thing we need to do is to pray, Pray, PRay, PRAy, PRAY and PRAY... putting our trust in God.
Jesus showed us how life can be, that He Himself experienced it by coming in to this world as a human. Even if people rejected Him and crucified Him, He still always seeks the Father in Heaven. Jesus in His human form reminds us to always seek God in all our circumstances. Even if people did not believe Him, He continued to proclaim God's greatness. No matter what challenges and problems you face in life continue to seek and serve Him.
REMEMBER THAT AFTER THE CROSS THERE IS RESURRECTION.