Reflections - July 5, 2015

“He departed from there and came to his native place….when the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue…..many who heard him said:   “Where did this man get all this?”….”What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands?”….and they took offense at him.”  Mk. 6: 1-3.
This Sunday’s Gospel presents us with Jesus’ rejection by his people.  Jesus presents himself in the synagogue of Nazareth.  With how much joy must he have stood up to explain the message of salvation.  However in his message of salvation we find two attitudes:
The first attitude is to close our hearts to divine action.  “What kind of wisdom has been given him?  What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands?”  Mk. 6:2.
Human beings sometimes build walls that prevent access to their interior wounded by sin.  Superficiality, rejection, and mistrust are part of their defense mechanisms that protect their weaknesses, their sins.  That was the reality that Jesus experienced in the synagogue of Nazareth with his compatriots.  It is the inability to see beyond appearances!
Remember that:  “God created us without our collaboration, but we will not be saved nor will we be sanctified without our intervention”.  St. Augustine.
There exists another attitude towards Jesus, the Son of God. 
There are those who discover the purity of Christ’s intention and want to live and accept with simplicity and purity of heart the closeness and friendship of Jesus.  There exist those human beings, in the first place the Virgin Mary, that have a great capacity to accept God’s plan.  For example, someone like Zacchaeus who was despised, rejected, discredited, but allowed “purity to enter his impurity” and changed his life…..
I would like to end with these questions.  Do you know how to discover Jesus in your history through personal prayer, through the Eucharist and through your parish community?  Do you recognize that He has a purpose of salvation for your life?