To be honest I am not typically the biggest fan of prayer through scripture but when I was reflecting on today’s reading and gospel in order to write this blog I found that it was very relevant to my life and my own Lenten journey right now.
I won’t quote the whole Gospel passage for you but long story short Jesus is preaching in the synagogue using examples of the prophets (like the story of Elisha and Naaman from the first reading) and ends with the quote, “No prophet is accepted in his own native place”. Then basically everyone gets pissed and they try to kill Jesus…end Gospel. So what does this mean? I think that we too often get angry like the people in the synagogue when we do not feel like the chosen ones; like when the prophets aren’t healing those form their own land; like when Jesus favors a Gentile as much as a Jew. Lent is a very personal and reflective time but something to keep in mind is that it is not just about you. I think we need to remember that God is in all people, that God chooses all people, and that God loves all people. You should not think of yourself as better than another because you are doing more for your Lenten journey, sacrificing more, fasting more, going to mass more. It is easy to get caught up in oneself and the “more” that you are doing and easy to forget that God is showing himself through others around you. Too easily we judge and criticize others who are just as loved and chosen by God, and too easily we fail to recognize the voice of God through these others. As we reach our almost-halfway point in Lent, I would encourage you to not only reflect on your own journey thus far but to reflect on how others have impacted your journey and how you can start to see God through all people at all times.