September 3, 2018 Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time-B ST. GREGORY THE GREAT, POPE, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Psalm 119

Luke 4:16-30

…faith might not rest on human wisdom but on the power of God.  1 Cor. 2:5

“…no prophet is accepted in his own native place.”  Lk. 4:24

Lord, it must have broken your heart for your friends and neighbors to turn on you so much as to try to kill you.  Your claim to be their long–awaited Messiah and savior was too much for them.  In addition, you pointed out that your mission was like that of earlier prophets: to proclaim the good news to the poor and the outcast, even those who weren’t Jews.  You, nor your message, fit what they looked for or wanted in a Messiah.  You spoke God’s wisdom and not human wisdom and it nearly cost you your life.  Lord, you speak the same wisdom today.  You call us to proclaim your good news to everyone even those who are not like us.  Who today, Jesus, will you place in my path that needs to hear the freedom of your word?  Who today can I heal with the power of God and his forgiveness and mercy?  Who today needs a helping hand to be respected and valued like the immigrant or the lost or lonely?  Please guide my words and actions today to be good news to those you call me to.  Amen.