What’s Stirring Within You?

"No prophet is ever accepted in his own country" 

Luke 4:24
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalm 71:1-6,15-17; I Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-3

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus is preaching in the synagogue in Nazareth, where he had been raised. “No prophet gains acceptance in His native place,” Jesus says. Then, as He continues to speak, the congregation’s response seemingly proves His point. Jesus’ hometown audience becomes enraged when He says that God’s gracious benevolence extends to all people, even to people of other nations and religions whom they regard as enemies. Jesus already had alluded to an Old Testament passage to describe His ministry:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me …
He has sent me to bring glad tidings
to the poor, to proclaim liberty to
captives, recovery of sight to the blind
and release to prisoners (Is .61:1).

“The whole audience in the synagogue was filled with indignation,” Luke tells us. “They rose and expelled Him from the town, leading Him to the brow of the hill on which it was built and intending to hurl Him over the edge”…

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