Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s Reflection
Gospel: Lk 4: 24-30
March 13, 2023 | Monday

Today’s Gospel

Jesus added, “No prophet is honored in his own country. Truly, I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens withheld rain for three years and six months and a great famine came over the whole land. Yet, Elijah was not sent to any of them, but
to a widow of Zarephath, in the country of Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha, the prophet; and no one was healed except Naaman, the Syrian.” On hearing these words, the whole assembly became indignant. They rose up and brought him out of the town, to the edge of the hill on which Nazareth is built, intending to throw him down the cliff. But he passed through their midst and went his way.

Today’s Reflection:

God blesses everyone with His gifts, especially those who are sincere and willing to receive them. This is the message of Jesus to his countrymen in today’s reading. Race does not matter, just like how Naaman, the Syrian, and the widow of Zarephath in the country of Sidon were
recognized in the gospel. However, this message of salvation was not received well by the assembly. Instead, they became violent. During this season of Lent, let us allow the Good News of Jesus’ salvation to reach all of our hearts, even the hearts of those who we believe don’t deserve them. /Vulnerasti, 2023

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