After a refreshing writing session yesterday with good company to mark the beginning of a new year, I am reminded again of the love of Jesus towards everyone. This week’s gospel text shows Jesus first being accepted by the people but later being rejected by the same people.
“Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:”Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing”(Luke 4:21-30).
The question that the gospel asks us to reflect on is our eagerness to be prophets of Jesus. Are we willing to share the word of God with others? It is our eagerness that will bring people to the faith and to understand our practices. The key in doing this would be love. It is simple to understand but sometimes hard to implement as it can be difficult to love people for who they really are.
I am glad that browsing through the Catholic News I read many stories of Pope Francis and the Vatican officials who are in line with the Year of Mercy doing small acts of compassion and mercy to refugees and the homeless. It is a loving act of mercy to be giving them refuge or shelter amidst their difficult circumstances.
However, we must also look into how we Catholics can be creative and bold in reaching out to people and show them that Jesus is love. To do with love, one can change the hearts of men. For Jesus gives us unconditional love by his birth and resurrection and he willingly enters into our lives and walk with us.
The second reading shows us the power of love which is,“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous,it is not proud, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own self-interest, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”(1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13). This is a beautiful passage which married couples like but it is also about our interpersonal relationships with people . Love is the answer as it will bring about peace, hope and joy. One small act of love each day is not hard to do such as listening to a friend or holding the door open for a stranger. It is not hard to do but it takes conscious effort to do so until it becomes a positive habit.
Being prophets of Jesus can be tiring and yet rewarding as we give ourselves to people and in turn receive from people. Let us pray for each other that we accept the invitation to be modern day prophets of Jesus and to continue to bring Jesus to others with love and courage. Amen. God Bless!
Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong