Posted by: frburke23 | January 31, 2016

Thought for Sunday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time

LUKE 4:21-30
Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
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?”
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 Capernaum.’”
And he said, “Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows 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.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
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.
But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.
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We just arrived safely in Barongon, Philippines. I will be giving updates each day on our mission here.
 
Jesus did not come as they expected. In fact, God often uses the lowly, poor and young to teach the rest of society an important lesson. God chose Jeremiah as a young boy. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah faced a lot of opposition as he was asked to be a prophet, but he ultimately trusted in God’s promise, “They will fight against you but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.” And God did great things in and through Jeremiah.
 
God chose Mary, a teenage girl, to bear the Son of God into the world. Although she didn’t understand this calling completely, she surrendered to God saying, “Let it be done unto me according to your Word.” She didn’t know where this would lead, but she trusted in the Lord. She even stayed by the Lord’s side as He went to Calvary while other deserted Him. Something in her told her that Jesus would “make all things new.” And God did great things in and through Mary.
 
And Jesus came into this world as a little child born in a manger. He was humble, poor, and lowly, and yet the Son of God. He was the son of a simple carpenter. The people saw Jesus grow up in their neighborhood. And Jesus shocks them all when He says, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Many were probably thinking, “How can this young man claim to be the Messiah? We know his family. We were expecting a great king.” And God saved the world through His Son Jesus.
 
The people were not able to see clearly who Jesus was because their hearts were closed. And they became infuriated with Jesus when He pointed out that the Gentiles were coming to faith quicker than the Jews.
 
How often is Jesus in our midst and we do not recognize Him?
Am I open to God using me as His humble instrument to preach the Good News?
 
Sometimes we miss God’s call in our lives because our focus is on ourselves. We focus on our plans, our desires, our pleasures, etc. And yet St. Paul speaks to us in the second reading today from 1 Corinthians, “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests….” Listen to that again, “Love does not seek its own interests….”
 
Jesus tried to teach us that love is laying down our lives for others. All the saints have followed Jesus’ path to holiness and happiness. I remember Archbishop Sartain once said, “I have never met a selfish person that is happy.” And I believe that to be true. The happiest people I know are also the most generous with their love.
 
How generous am I with God’s love?
Do I seek my own interests or do I will the good of the other?
 
Have a blessed weekend!
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
LUCAS 4:21-30
En aquel tiempo, después de que Jesús leyó en la sinagoga un pasaje del libro de Isaías, dijo: “Hoy mismo se ha cumplido este pasaje de la Escritura que acaban de oír”. Todos le daban su aprobación y admiraban la sabiduría de las palabras que salían de sus labios, y se preguntaban: “¿No es éste el hijo de José?”
 
Jesús les dijo: “Seguramente me dirán aquel refrán: ‘Médico, cúrate a ti mismo’ y haz aquí, en tu propia tierra, todos esos prodigios que hemos oído que has hecho en Cafarnaúm”. Y añadió: “Yo les aseguro que nadie es profeta en su tierra. Había ciertamente en Israel muchas viudas en los tiempos de Elías, cuando faltó la lluvia durante tres años y medio, y hubo un hambre terrible en todo el país; sin embargo, a ninguna de ellas fue enviado Elías, sino a una viuda que vivía en Sarepta, ciudad de Sidón. Había muchos leprosos en Israel, en tiempos del profeta Eliseo; sin embargo, ninguno de ellos fue curado, sino Naamán, que era de Siria”.
 
Al oír esto, todos los que estaban en la sinagoga se llenaron de ira, y levantándose, lo sacaron de la ciudad y lo llevaron hasta una saliente del monte, sobre el que estaba construida la ciudad, para despeñarlo. Pero él, pasando por en medio de ellos, se alejó de allí.
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Jesús no vino como ellos esperaban. De hecho, Dios a menudo utiliza a los humildes, pobres y jóvenes para enseñar alresto de la sociedad una lección importante. Dios escogió a Jeremías cuando era un niño. “Desde antes de formarte en el seno materno, te conozco; desde antes de que nacieras, te consagré como profeta para las naciones.” Jeremías enfrentó mucha oposición ya que se le pidió ser un profeta, pero al final él confiaba en la promesa de Dios: “Te harán la guerra, pero no podrán contigo, porque yo estoy a tu lado para salvarte.” Y Dios hizo grandes cosas en y a través de Jeremías.
 
Dios eligió a María, una adolescente, para traer al Hijo de Dios al mundo. A pesar de que ella no entendía este llamando por completo, ella se entregó a Dios diciendo: “Hágase en mí según tu Palabra”. Ella no sabía a donde llegaría esto, pero confiaba en el Señor. Incluso se quedó al lado del Señor cuando iba al Calvario, mientras que otros lo abandonaron. Algo en ella le dijo que Jesús “haría nuevas todas las cosas.” Y Dios hizo grandes cosas en y a través de María.
 
Y Jesús vino a este mundo como un niño nacido en un pesebre. Él era humilde y pobre, y sin embargo, el Hijo de Dios. Él era el hijo de un simple carpintero. La gente vio a Jesús crecer en su vecindario. Y Jesús los sorprende cuando dice:”Hoy mismo se ha cumplido este pasaje de la Escritura que acaban de oír.” Muchos probablemente estaban pensando, “¿Cómo puede este joven afirmar ser el Mesías? Conocemos a su familia. Estábamos esperando a un gran rey.” Y Dios salvó al mundo a través de Su Hijo Jesús.
 
La gente no podía ver claramente quién era Jesús porque sus corazones estaban cerrados. Y se enfurecieron con Jesús cuando señaló que los Gentiles estaban llegando a la fe más rápido que los Judíos.
 
¿Con qué frecuencia está Jesús en medio de nosotros y no lo reconocemos?
¿Estoy abierto a Dios para usarme como Su humilde instrumento para predicar la Buena Nueva?
 
A veces perdemos el llamado de Dios en nuestras vidas porque nuestro enfoque está en nosotros mismos. Nos enfocamos en nuestros planes, nuestros deseos, nuestros placeres, etc. Y, sin embargo, San Pablo nos habla en la segunda lectura de hoy, 1 Corintios: ” El amor es comprensivo, el amor es servicial y no tiene envidia; el amor no es presumido ni se envanece; no es grosero ni egoísta…” escucha eso otra vez, “El amor no es grosero ni egoísta…”
 
Jesús trató de enseñarnos que el amor es dar nuestras vidas por los demás. Todos los santos han seguido el camino de Jesús a la santidad y la felicidad. Recuerdo que el Arzobispo Sartain dijo una vez: “Nunca he conocido a una persona egoísta que sea feliz.” Y creo que eso es verdad. Las personas más felices que conozco son también los más generosos con su amor.
 
¿Qué tan generoso soy con el amor de Dios?
¿Busco mi propio interés o quiero el bien de la otra persona?
 
¡Que tengas un fin de semana bendecido!
Padre Burke

Responses

  1. Most of us would not want to be Jesus. But we must try. And we will not be accepted in our own town.

  2. Hi Fr. Burke,

    I’ve been a follower of your daily reflections and it indeed helped me in my spiritual journey.

    Also, I would like to thank you for choosing the Philippines as one of your mission trips. I grew up in the Philippines and came here in my early 20’s and been in the US for 44 years particularly in the Schaumburg, IL area. I’m now retired. Now that I’m retired, I’m on my spiritual growth and seeking a deeper relationship with God. In your mission trip, do you only accept volunteers within your Diocese of Joliet? I got interested because I would like to see if this is kind of thing is what God’s call me to do.

    I would appreciate if you could give more information of your mission trip or could recommend or direct me to other mission program. Thank you!

    God bless, Emmie San Juan esanjuan922@gmail.com

    On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 11:14 PM, Fr. Burke Masters wrote:

    > frburke23 posted: “LUKE 4:21-30 Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, > saying: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” 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 J” >


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