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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Psalm 59:16: I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for being unchangeable and faithful. Thank you for being the source of security and future in a day of disorder and change. Thank you for being our God. You are my God and in you we place our life, our hopes, and our future. May you be glorified in us today. In Infant Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 03, 2013)
Day: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17
Second Reading: 1 Cor 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13
Gospel: Luke 4:21-30
Lectionary: 72
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Mark 4:26-34
21And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. 22And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?" 23And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, `Physician, heal yourself; what we have heard you did at Caper'na-um, do here also in your own country.'" 24And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. 25But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Eli'jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; 26and Eli'jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar'ephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Eli'sha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Na'aman the Syrian." 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. 30qBut passing through the midst of them he went away.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
It was customary for Jesus to go weekly to the synagogue to pray and worship and on occasion to read the scriptures and note on them to the people. His hometown folks listened with immersed attention on this occasion because they had heard about the miracles he had carried out in other towns. What sign would he perform in his hometown? Jesus startled them with a seeming rebuke that no prophet or servant of God can receive honor among his own people. He then angered them when he praised the gentiles who seemed to have shown more faith in God than the "chosen ones" of Israel. They regarded gentiles as "fuel for the fires of hell". Jesus' praise for "outsiders" sourced them offence since they were blind-sighted to God's compassion and plan of redemption for all nations. Loving Infant Jesus, you are the completion of all our hopes and desires. Your Spirit brings us grace, truth, life, and freedom. Fill us with the joy of the gospel and inflame our heart with love and zeal for you and for your will.


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