03 Oct 2017: Facing Rejection

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Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Zec 8:20-23; Gospel: Lk 9:51-56

In the gospel today, we see that the Samaritans refuse to receive Jesus because, “his face was set toward Jerusalem” . Their refusal is not surprising, because there was a good deal of animosity between Jews and Samaritans. This began centuries earlier when Assyrians took most Jews into captivity and re-populated Samaria with foreigners who intermarried with the remaining Samaritan Jews. So even when Jesus went he was rejected all because he was a Jew. Rejection can be a very painful feeling. The worst feeling one can experience in life may be the feeling of rejection and feeling not accepted in to a community where the person thought that he would be accepted. But as usual the unexpected happens and Jesus is rejected in the city of Samaria. Jesus has also given the disciples explicit instructions on how to deal with rejection. When rejected, they are to shake dust from their feet as a testimony against those who reject, but are not to respond with violence or vengeance. Though he was rejected he was as composed as before. The adrenaline didn’t control him but he was able to control everything because he was the master of himself. The challenge that Jesus is posing before us today is to follow Him even in moments of rejection that we face in our life. What is our attitude towards life? As someone once said: ‘I may be rejected by the world but approved by heaven’. Meaning to say God never rejects anyone. This may seem to be little too spiritual but the fact is that the ability to come to such realization is in itself the greatest response and may be the best and the healthiest attitude that we can have towards life .

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