Getting past rejection!
Monday 31st August 2015
First Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Psalm Response; Ps 96:1, 3-5, 11-13
Gospel Reading; Luke 4:16-30
Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had grown up, and went according to His custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, He handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at Him.
He said to them,
“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, “Is this not 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 He passed through the midst of them and went away.
Apakah kita pernah mengalami penolakkan? Tentu membuat kita sedih, marah, kecewa, putus asa dan segala perasaan negatif timbul dalam pikiran dan hati kita.
Didalam Injil hari injil, Yesus mengalami penolakkan di kampung halamannya. Apa yang diperbuat oleh Yesus? He walked away from it. He never tried to force the Nazarenes to accept Him as the Messiah. Certainly He was saddened by their rejection, but He moved on. He went to places where doors of opportunity opened for Him, where He was free to share what He could give, where His gifts and talents could shine — in other words, where He could make a difference because hearts were responsive to Him (source: https://gnm.org).
Yesus datang ke dunia membawa Kabar Gembira kepada setiap orang. Kita pun sebagai murid Yesus diutus untuk membawa Kabar Gembira kepada orang-orang disekitar kita – pembebasan buat orang-orang tawanan dan tertindas, memberikan harapan dan penghiburan kepada orang miskin, putus asa dan berduka cita. Seperti yang dikatakan St Paulus, “Jikalau kita percaya bahwa Yesus telah mati dan telah bangkit,maka kita percaya juga bahwa mereka yang telah meninggal dalam Yesus akan dikumpulkan Allah bersama-sama dengan Dia. Pada saat kedatangan Tuhan , mereka yang telah mati dalam Kristus akan lebih dahulu bangkit dan beserta kita yang masih hidup akan diangkat bersama-sama menyongsong Tuhan diangkasa. Demikianlah kita akan selama-lamanya bersama dengan Tuhan.” (1 Tes 4:14,1-17)
No one can thwart what God wants to do through us to make a difference in the world. What seems like a roadblock becomes merely a stepping stone to a new opportunity to serve the Lord with our unique and valuable gifts, talents and wisdom (http://gnm.org)
God loves us,
Suhardi, Haryati dan Samuel
sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Spirit, Sydney, Australia
“Ia (Tuhan) harus makin besar tetapi aku harus makin kecil” (Yoh 3:30)