MONDAY 3RD WEEK
Megan Elliot, FOCUS Missionary
"Truly I tell you,’ he continued, ‘no prophet is accepted in his hometown."
There is a mutual longing -He thirsts for us, we thirst for Him - but we prideful humans often try to establish the ground rules for the Almighty. We have expectations of God and His role in our world
Naaman’s pride almost keeps him in his suffering state, unwilling to bend to the call of God to wash in the Jordan. Why won’t the prophet Elisha even speak with him face-to-face? Perhaps Elisha knew that Naaman must learn - as we all must learn - to trust in the word of God alone. When he listens to God, he is healed. When he drops his preconceived notions, he finds himself a part of a miracle, on God’s terms, of course.
In the Gospel passage, Jesus cannot live up to the people’s expectations of a prophet, let alone the Messiah. He tells the people of Nazareth, “no prophet is accepted in his own native place,” seemingly excluding them. Regardless of Jesus’ legitimacy, they prepare to kill Him; they want a prophet on their own terms, for their own people. Jesus slips away to reveal the truth of the Kingdom to those who will accept it.
The Psalmist has it right. Though he desperately yearns to “behold the face of God,” he trusts in God’s plan. Despite his suffering, he is still and waits for the Lord to reveal His glorious plan:
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling-place.
Help me, O Lord, to cast aside my preconceived notions of how You will work in my life. I bring to You the leprosy of my soul, to be cleansed in the waters of the Jordan. Help me to marvel at Your goodness, Your truth, and Your beauty, revealed through our Lord, Jesus Christ, the living water which ceaselessly satisfies, for whom my soul ceaselessly yearns. Amen.
2 Kgs 5: 1-15, Ps 42: 2-3, 43: 3-4; Lk 4: 24-30