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Gospel Reflection for the 4th Sunday OT C2013

posted Feb 3, 2013, 2:09 PM by Alberto dela Cruz


4th Sunday OT (Lk 4.21-30)

We can not avoid being envious and being in pain when the comparison favours others and not us.  These feelings breed resentments and anger, worst device hatred.   What makes these things last and elusive is the untreated inner insecurity.

“Not you but the widow in Zarephath, not you but Naaman the Syrian” is a statement that fires up the insecurity of those who hear Jesus delivers his inaugural message in his own native place before his own people.  Jesus is able to stir up the long, inner, sugar-coated wounds of his listeners to make them open for the gift of secured and permanent healing.  

Jesus comes to fulfil the Scripture passage to liberate, to give sight, to usher in the time of favour for all.  It begins with his invitation to get healed from a futile influence of insecurities.  He offers the Word that assures them of God’s equal and unfailing blessings.  This should leave no room for being envious and resentful especially in times that others increase their fortune.

Emotions of joy and gratefulness at others’ increase in grace indicate confidence in faith, stability in spirit, security in Jesus.  May we find and dwell in the secured refuge provided only by the Lord.  Amen.

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