4th Sunday
Ordinary Time

FOCUS:    Take to heart the Good News.

 

As Jesus spoke to the crowd in the synagogue, he speaks to us here: Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. Our response ought to be different, however, than those who ran him out of town. Through the Holy Spirit, the word of God is able to penetrate our hearts and transform us into missionary disciples of God’s love.

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Opening Prayer

Grant us, Lord our God,
that we may honor you with all our mind,
and love everyone in truth of heart.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever 

Readings

Jeremiah recounts how God appointed him to be a prophet and warned him that he would face adversity. Paul encourages the Corinthians in striving for spiritual gifts, the greatest of which is love. In the Gospel, Jesus, while in Nazareth, is acclaimed for his preaching. However, the crowd quickly turns against him.

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Reflection

What's in Your Heart

  • In your parish community, have you ever felt rejected by others in the parish, as Jesus was rejected by his hometown in today’s gospel?

  • When you’ve experienced rejection, how have you coped with it? Have you been able to call on the “love that does not fail” that Saint Paul spoke about?

Petitions

With hearts ready to receive God’s blessings, let us bring our needs to the Lord.

 

1)         For the Church, may the Lord bless her efforts to send out missionary disciples, ready to share God’s goodness, let us pray to the Lord.

 

2)         For civic leaders, may the word of God penetrate their hearts and direct their feet along the path of righteousness, let us pray to the Lord.

 

3)         For all in need of forgiveness, reconciliation, or healing, may the Lord call them to repentance and bless them with healing, let us pray to the Lord.

 

4)         For all of us here, may the Holy Spirit help us to see and truly know the great plans the Lord has for us, let us pray to the Lord.

 

5)         For all who have died marked with the cross of faith, may they feast with the angels and saints in the presence of God the Father, let us pray to the Lord.

Eternal God of truth and love, you have shown us the way of holiness and perfection. Hear our petitions this day, we ask through Christ, our Lord.

Quotes

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
—Joseph Campbell

I have found my place in the church, and this place, O my God, you have given me. In the heart of the church, my mother, I will be love.
—Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

When the Son of Man went into the place where he belonged, his own people did not receive him. The “patriotism” of this elected people should have consisted in faith in God and in his word, and therefore also in his new word, but the incarnate Word did not encounter faith.
—Karl Rahner

Closing Prayer

May the strength of God sustain us;

may the power of God preserve us;

may the hands of God protect us;

may the way of God direct us;

may the love of God go with us this day and forever.

Amen.