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The Bulletin Insert Sunday 31st January, 2016 Epiphany 4 year C “Jesus’ life program rejected”

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert – Sunday 31th January 2016, Epiphany 4

Jesus’ life program rejected Jer 1: 4-10 1 Cor 13:1-13, Lk 4:21-30

Today’s Gospel continues from last week. The initial reaction of Jesus’ fellow Nazoreans is one of astonishment. Difficulties arise when Jesus’ townsfolk are threatened by ‘one of their own’ daring to challenge them. The journey towards the cross begins in this episode in Nazareth. It will take Jesus away from his hometown of Nazareth, back to the Father, via Jerusalem and the events of Easter. He will never again return to Nazareth.

Jesus presence disturbs those who would like to control him. Elijah and Elisha, prophets of the Old Testament, had already shown the unexpectedness of God’s ways by touching the lives of non-Israelites. The reaction of the townspeople foreshadows Israel’s rejection of Jesus. They have been told that, despite their privileged place and status, the Gospel will eventually be preached ‘to the ends of the earth.’ Outraged, they attempt to kill Jesus, but he slips through their hands, just as, at the end of the story his own people will kill him … yet again he will slip through their hands and thwart their plans through his resurrection from the dead and his return to his Father.

This scene at Nazareth opens Jesus’ ministry with the proclamation of his messianic program to bring hope to the hopeless. While they wondered at him, not all were happy with this program. In the end they attempted to eliminate the man and his message. But both Jesus and his message are alive among us today. Jesus is alive in each one of us who attempts to incarnate his lifestyle, and his message stands at the heart of the Church’s mission. The program for Jesus is also the program for the Church. Salvation for others stands at the heart of everything.                                                                                                            (Adapted from This is the Gospel of the Lord – Year C, by Francis J. Moloney, p 122-3).

Jeremiah 1:4-10 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.’ Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, ‘Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.’

Luke 4:21-30 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ 23He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.” ’ 24And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town. 25But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up for three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.’ 28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.