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July 5, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Perhaps you have experienced rejection by those who you think know you the best. It can be discouraging, even if you are fully confident in yourself. Today’s Gospel Jesus talk about the rejection showed by the people in his hometown so that he could not perform miracles because of the people’s lack of faith. Certainly the Church has encountered opposition in the world, and even some within the Church –some of our best-loved saints-have felt rejected by the Church.
To deal with the opposition, Jesus did not give up. As we will hear in the Gospel Jesus said: “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” Through our baptism and confirmation we are called to be a prophetic people. What does it mean to be a prophetic people? Sometimes we think being a prophet is the person who predict the future. But it is not the main characteristic of being prophetic. Jeremiah in the first reading remind us that a prophetic people is the person who is always being close to God. He or she listens to and do whatever God asks him/her to do no matter how hard it is. He speaks and teaches to the society on behalf of God and for this purpose he should give them warning on behalf of God. Because of this a prophet is rejected by the society. Apart from this, a prophetic people is the person who is aware of what is going on in the society in his time; and he knows the consequences of that situation for the future. He has the sense of history. As a prophet, she or he has a critical role and dares to point out the fact in his own society. And most of the prophets in the history of our salvation underwent persecution. Their main concern in their life is to bring people closer to God. Let us thank God for calling us to a prophetic people in our time: to bring people closer to God because we have experienced that God love us and chose us to bring people closer to God.
Fr. Jonas R. Tandayu, MSC