Little Whispers, Trisha Rodriguez

A Helping Hand

First Reading
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 96:1 AND 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13
R. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the LORD made the heavens.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Gospel
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.


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“And he said, ‘Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.'” (Luke 4:24)

REFLECTION
In today’s gospel, Jesus was rejected by the people who knew him. Even when he proclaimed His mission and the prophet that He is, He was still thought of as just Joseph’s son; the son of a carpenter, a man not of wealth or power, talking to them about freeing the captives, recovering the sight of the blind, and all these other things. They doubted Him, questioned why someone they knew and grew up with was chosen by God to do His work.

While reading the gospel, one thing struck me though— the amount of pride the people had to reject Jesus. They simply rejected what he was saying because they thought they knew him. They didn’t understand why someone like him could be chosen by God.

Pride. Such a simple word but when consumed a lot, can be very lethal.

When I realized the amount of pride the people of Nazareth had, I evaluated my own. In the past, just like those people, I was consumed by pride too. I always thought I could handle anything all on my own. I rejected people who could liberate or give me answers to questions that I could not answer alone. I thought that I could do everything by myself, and not have anyone help me. Of course, I was wrong.

I’ve learned in these past few years that pride can take you anywhere, but it will not take you to the place where you want or need to be. When you learn how to give some of it up, and accept that there are people who can help, be there and are willing to teach you, you can go in a path that people made for you. People who wanted to pave the way so you can become a better version of yourself. Let them. Accept them.

In the same way, Jesus will always be there for us and guide us in everything we do. No man can ever be on their own; one always needs a helping hand.

Prayer
Father, I give up this prideful heart that has caused me to reject people in my life. Let me see that there are people who will guide, strengthen me, be there for me. Help me to accept all the things they’re willing to give. Open my heart to the possibility of new life through another’s and grace these people with your bounty.  Amen.

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