Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Gospel, we see how the people of Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth reject Him as the Messiah. Jesus’ words of rebuke are meant to show His people that God will not work in hearts that refuse to have faith in Him. We are reminded in the second reading about the three greatest gifts that God gives: faith, hope and love. We call these theological virtues because they are divine gifts, given by God and not acquired by us. We receive them through Baptism. Through a life modeled upon Christ and strengthened by the grace of the Sacraments, we can grow in these gifts. In other words, we can become more hopeful, more faithful and more loving. It takes some effort on our part, trust in God during difficult times and sacrifice in which we let go of worldly things and embrace the things of God. God tells Jeremiah that before he was formed in the womb by God, God knew him and had a plan for his life. That is the same for all of us. God has a plan for us before we are conceived. Too often, our world does not see this. Last week, the state of New York passed a law allowing for abortion of a child right up until the time of birth. The governor of the state said that women of the state should rejoice in such reproductive freedom. How utterly contrary this is to the vision that God has for us! Indeed, we are precious to the Lord as He makes known to Jeremiah from the moment that we are conceived. Would that we would see ourselves and others in such light. May we always do so and may the leaders of our country see this.
Have a blessed week!
Administrator Pro Tem