Msgr. Esseff reflects on Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth, the film “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and the rejection experienced by the saints during their lifetimes. He shares a compelling moment that he witnessed in the life of Bl. Mother Teresa where she experienced a heartbreaking rejection from an unexpected group of people. Who is the Jesus figure in your life today?
Gospel Lk 4:24-30
“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.