A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus

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Reflection on the Gospel of the Tuesday Of The Twenty-Sixth Week In Ordinary Time

 

Luke 9:51-56

This Gospel Passage is very interesting. We have just completed 1/3 of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus has not yet gone to Jerusalem, but now He is directed towards Jerusalem, and He knows His passion and death awaits Him there. So verse 51 tells us that with one mind and heart Jesus was determined to go to Jerusalem. Verse 53 wants to tell us that He is also being hastened to Jerusalem, by the events that happen around Him, like the Samaritans not welcoming Him.

But within this, there is the attitude of James and John, they along with Peter have had the privilege to see many of Jesus’ glorious moments, like just a few days back, the transfiguration. Has this gone to their head, they want to destroy this village. They Know Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God, but they are understanding His glory differently. They are not seeing it from the point of Humility. Humility is key to coming and staying in God’s Presence.

If we are not humble, then the repetitions of our old faults and actions, in our daily living, will drive us crazy, and make us run aware from God. But humility in such a scenario, stops us and encourages us not to run away from God, but so to say, face the music. Humility has a element of gratitude in it, which encourages us to stay and accept the change only God can do in our life.

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