Dear sisters and brothers,

Like so many prophets before and after him, Jesus was rejected by his own people. They couldn’t take the truth he was telling them. Let us reflect for a moment on the fact that we too have no great appetite for the truth, and often reject the messengers God sends us. Let us turn to Christ, the messenger of God’s truth, love and mercy.

The first reading tells of the call and commissioning of the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah never wanted to be a prophet and was overwhelmed by the sheer burden of it. He stands out as a lonely figure whose mission seemed to have failed. He is the supreme example, until Jesus, of the triumph of failure.

The gospel is a continuation of last Sunday’s reading. We see the reaction to the homily Jesus gave in the synagogue at Nazareth. The people can’t believe that the words of Isaiah could apply to him, the humble son of Joseph. On hearing that the benefits they have rejected will be offered to the Gentiles, the people rise up in fury and attempt to do away with Jesus. This foreshadows the ultimate fate of Jesus; but his hour has not yet come.

St. Paul has been speaking of gifts and charisms. But he stresses the supreme importance of love. Without love all these gifts are useless.

Reflection:  A loving person.

Jesus fulfilled the ideal of love Paul speaks about.

He was never in a hurry, and was always kindness himself.

He never envied anybody, and never boasted about himself.

He was never snobbish, or rude, or selfish.

He did not offend easily, nor did he keep on talking about wrong things other people did.

He preferred to remember the good things and to rejoice in them.

He was tough-he could face anything.

He never lost trust in God, or in people.

He never lost hope; he never gave in.

He never stopped loving.

Peace and everything good!

Fr. Valery Burusu