Lk 4:21-30 — The reaction at Nazareth
21 [Jesus begun speaking in the synagogue, saying], “Today, this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” 23 He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernatum.’” 24 And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. 25 Indeed, I tell you, there were many windows 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. 26 It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 27 Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not of one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. 29 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. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went away.
First Reading: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19
4 The word of the Lord came to me thus:/ 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,/ before you were born I dedicated you./ 17 But do you gird your lions;/ stand up and tell them/ all that I command you./ Be not crushed on their account,/ as though I would leave you crushed before them;/ 18 For it is I this day/ who have made you a fortified city,/ A pillar of iron, a wall of brass,/ against the whole land;/ Against Judah’s kings and princess,/ against its priests and people./ 19 They will fight against you, but not prevail over you,/ for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.
Second Reading: I Cor 12:31-13:13
31 Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.
1 if I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move the mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, 5 it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, 6 it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing. 9 For we know partly and we prophesy partially, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child; I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12 At present we see indistinctively, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. 13 So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Disclaimer & Disclosure: From the “365 Days with the Lord” Daily Liturgical Guide from our Pauline Family.