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Daily Prayer 2015-08-31
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“He Who Hears You, Hears Me.”
MEXICO | SPIRITUAL LIFE
August 31, 2015. Monday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
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,
"Isn´t this 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
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I love you and thank you
for all that you have done for me. And yet,
Lord, so many times I have plea-bargained with you and
made my prayer conditional on receiving what I ask for.
This time, Lord, I want to be completely open ––
no strings attached. In this prayer I place myself completely
at your disposal, confident of your good will and grace.
Lord, I welcome you into my soul. Help me to
allow you to enter and rule over the house of
- Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening: As curious
as it seems, our openness to a message often depends
quite heavily on our openness to its messenger. Have you
ever rejected somebody’s advice outright only to later embrace it
when it comes from a different person? Have you disregarded
a light from God because he revealed it to you
through a person you would not have chosen, or even
imagined God would have chosen? This is the common, simple
error of the Nazarenes that Christ felt he had to
point out to them. What has Christ been trying to
tell me recently? Through whom? Am I ready to listen
to him and allow him to use whatever messenger he
- Open My Heart to Your Message: Initially,
the people of Nazareth in today’s Gospel seemed quite receptive
to Christ’s message, his delivery, and his authority. What they
couldn’t stomach was that they believed him just “one of
them.” He would later prove himself “too much for them.”
Surely they must have thought that he had forgotten his
roots and that his Capernaum fame had gone to his
head. But of course, the Nazarenes were neither the first
nor the last to fall into the trap of focusing
more on the messenger than on the message. This is
precisely why Christ brought up the example of Naaman the
Syrian, who was rewarded with a cure only after overcoming
his rationalism and eating a bit of “humble pie.” (See
his story in 2 Kings 5.) Has my hurt pride
ever blinded me from listening to what Christ is desperately
trying to tell me?
- Lord, I Trust in You:
At one point in his public ministry, Christ would tell
his listeners, “If you don’t believe the words that I
speak, at least believe the works that I do” (cf.
John 14:10-11). Why wouldn’t he at least give his own
people from Nazareth the same advice and opportunity? Are a
few miracles too much to waste on Nazarene soil? We
must remember that faith is a gift. It is given
and not bargained for or merited. On Calvary some would
taunt him with a similar deal, “If you come down
from the cross, then we will believe in you” (Cf.
Mark 15:32). We must wonder from whom came the harder
blow: from his accusers, or from “his own.” A proud
demand is especially ugly and hurtful when it comes from
a friend or loved-one.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, I accept your
invitation to come to the house of my soul. Help
me to see the areas of my life in need
of cleaning. Help me to see the areas of my
life which prevent you from coming – those rooms that
I close to you. Help me be humble enough to
let your grace set to work in me.
Resolution: I will
console Christ with a total and immediate trust in him
and in his plan for my life today, whatever may
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