On Being Rejected

“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and his own house” (Matthew 13:57).

In today’s gospel, Jesus’ native people rejected his teaching. This, too, was the case for Jeremiah whom God instructed: “Stand in the house of the Lord and speak to the inhabitants of all cities of Judah…whatever I commanded you, tell them, and hold nothing back” (Jeremiah 26:2).

I am sure we can all relate to Jesus and Jeremiah’s rejections in our own personal lives. The question we must ask ourselves and reflect upon is: when we look ourselves in the mirror, whom do we see? Do we see Jesus or Jeremiah or do we see those who rejected God’s teachings?

— God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.–