While Level 5 restrictions continue, there is no public celebration of mass, other than funerals which 10 people may attend. This is essential in order to keep one another safe.
Jesus came to Nazara and spoke to the people in the synagogue: ‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country. ‘There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah’s day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha’s time there were many lepers in Israel, but none of these was cured, except the Syrian, Naaman.’ When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.
When Jesus first arrived into the synagogue,
people were impressed by him. But as soon as he made reference to God
intervening in the lives of gentiles, and responding to their needs, their
attitude changed. Their notion of being specially chosen by God, was, as far as
they were concerned, to the exclusion of all others. In effect they were
defining themselves by who they were not (we are not gentiles). It's a very
dangerous thing to do. We see it in our own society today. "We are not
immigrants, we are not travellers, we are not refugees etc. Defining ourselves
in a negative manner gives us a very narrow and ultimately dangerous view of
anyone who is different.
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