Gospel: Luke 4:21-30

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Jesus began by saying to them, ”Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  All who were present spoke favorably of him; they marveled at the appealing discourse which came from his lips.  They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph and Mary?”

Jesus said to them, “You will doubtless quote me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your own country the things we have heard you have done in Capernaum’.  But in fact, prophets never gain acceptance in their native place.  Indeed, let me remind you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the heavens remained closed for three and a half years and a great famine spread over the land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but to a widow of Zarephath near Sidon. Recall, too, the many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one was cured except Naaman the Syrian.”

At these words the whole audience in the synagogue was filled with indignation.  They rose up and expelled Jesus from the town, leading him to the brow of the hill on which it was built, with the intention of hurling him over the edge.  But Jesus went straight through their midst and walked away.

The Good News as spoken through Luke.

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