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Memorial of St. Gregory the Great, Pope & Dr. of the Church
Corinthians 2:1-5
Psalm 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
Luke 4:16-30
Jesus preaches in the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth.
When Jesus read the Scripture by Isaiah the Jews were impressed by
his ˈgoodˉ words. But as he continued preaching, Jesus seemed to
rebuke the congregation and even suggested that the Gentiles were
more faithful to God than the ˈchosen onesˉ. There was much anger,
commotion and noise as they ran Jesus out of town.
I wonder if the Jews overreacted to Jesus˅ words. Were they too
overwhelmed by their ˈoldˉ words and ways to stop and truly listen to
the ˈGood Newsˉ Jesus was preaching? I also wonder if at times my
life is cluttered with too many activities and racing thoughts to truly
listen to Jesus? Our modern lives can be truly overwhelming. We must
pay attention to and be available for so many things; spouses, chil-
dren, elderly parents, work and community. I
want to be informed. I want to be ˈwith itˉ. I
want to participate. I want to care. So many
things to do! When I realize that I am not do-
ing it ˈallˉ, I can be overwhelmed with anxiety
and guilt, which clutters my mind even more.
I need to stop and take a deep long breath.
Stop the negative thoughts. Stop the chatter.