People rejected Jesus

Jesus-in-the-DesertDo remember the game show To Tell The Truth?  Being a game show it was fun to see the judges try to see who was really telling the truth about their life.  Today we are faced with the same thing in real life.  How do we know who is speaking the truth?  What is or what is not “fake news”?  Some of the questions given to us to think about call us to tell the truth about our faith … will you (I) be brave, convinced enough to do so?

by Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, today’s Gospel develops a theme that is uncomfortable. It tells how the people of Nazareth rejected Jesus. Authentically religious people, authentically spiritual people, will almost always be opposed. The logic behind this is simple and unanswerable: we live in a world gone wrong, a world turned upside down; therefore, when someone comes speaking the truth to us, we will think that they are crazy and dangerous.

Think for just a moment what would happen to you if you consistently and publicly spoke the word of God to our culture. If you spoke out against abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, human trafficking, rampant materialism, and ideological secularism, what would happen to you? If you presented, in a full-throated way, the full range of Catholic social and moral and spiritual teaching, what would they do to you? Today’s Gospel offers a clue.




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