For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading below reminds me of how strange it is that we tend to believe an out-of-town expert more than we would believe someone in our own family. It is harder for me to be taken seriously by my own family or close circle of friends more than those who do not even personally know me. It is strange, to say the least, that someone who has no personal connection to me would understand or support me more than those who I grew up with or who were my classmates. Now I understand what Jesus meant when He said, "A prophet is not known in His own land." He knew that those in His own native land would not understand Him because they could not work through their own egotistical issues, feeling as though they deserved a miracle or were entitled to a miracle just because Jesus was from their home town. Many of us have experienced friends or family who felt entitled to what we have or what we know simply because they knew us personally. Maybe my family or friends just don't want to give me credit because why me and not them? Jesus felt absolutely no pressure to prove Himself because others felt a sense of entitlement or envy toward Him. Jesus simply moved on. This gentle reminder gives me the strength to carry on with the mission and purpose that You implanted in my heart and mind knowing full well that I need only seek Your approval. Jesus was clear and now I am clear.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
24 And He said, "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
25 Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
26 It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
27 Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
28 When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury.
29 They rose up, drove Him out of the town, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl Him down headlong.
30 But He passed through the midst of them and went away.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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