Thursday, July 29, 2010
John 11: 19 – 27
Today’s Gospel recounts Jesus’ return to His hometown of Nazareth, and as we learn from the narrative, His reception was not a cordial one.
Those present in the synagogue assume a critical attitude and an air of snobbery and arrogance. They mock Christ and ridicule Him. These harsh critics voice skepticism of both His family and His teachings.
What lesson can we draw from such an unsettling encounter? What lessons are offered by the response of Jesus?
Throughout life, we will meet people whose attitude and behavior will, no doubt, try our patience and strain our charity. They will question our integrity and call our sincerity into open doubt.
Their response to our efforts to live the Gospel will be filled with distain, contempt and ridicule. Nonetheless, we must persevere and renew our trust in Christ and in the Holy Spirit.
He must also remember that Jesus foretold this treatment for all of those who would choose to follow Him and live in fidelity to Him.
The effectiveness of our personal good example is never wasted or lost. In Matthew’s account of this incident, Jesus discontinues His work in Nazareth and continues on to other towns and places.
May we never allow rejection or ridicule to intimidate us. Rather, may we continue on, entrusting ourselves to Divine Providence and the intercession of Our Lady, the Seat of Wisdom.