I can recall an incident in my life where this Gospel scene helped me. Years ago in Milwaukee, a brother Jesuit got sick and asked me to celebrate a week of Masses for a community of elderly people at a nearby retirement home. My first morning there I set up the altar, (a card table) in a basement room, and then about 20 people gathered. After the Gospel I began a brief homily. I had just begun when one of the men yelled out: "Louder, we can't hear you." An elderly woman in the front row immediately responded: "He's not worth hearing." This was the first of seven liturgies I was to have with this group. Driving home I thought: "I'll call in sick tomorrow saying that I have pneumonia." Then a prayerful consideration floated through my mind and heart: "What would Jesus do?" This Gospel scene and similar ones enabled me to forget my feelings and to minister to the elderly for the rest of the week, hopefully as Jesus would have done.
Let us ask ourselves one question: "Where is our Nazareth?" Where or with whom is it most difficult to freely use our God-given gifts to bring hope and healing to others? It's not always easy, but we have the example of Jesus in the Gospels. And we have his promise of the Holy Spirit to make it all possible. Let us rise with the Lord today in resurrecting His people to new life. In so-doing we will create more peace and hope in our own hearts and also bring those same gifts with His healing touch to our homes and places of work, to our Nazareths.
Isn't that why we're here?
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