Monday, September 3, 2012 by Food for Thought
FirstReading: 1 Cor 2:1-5
Psalm: Ps 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
Gospel: Lk 4:16-30
It is really a mystery why some people listen to Jesus and accept his message while others do not. Often those who do not are those who are preoccupied with mundane tasks, jobs, hobbies, money, in short, earthly things. On the other hand, those who have gone through suffering or have searched for answers from God are those who listen to Jesus. Those who feel that they do not need a savior will not listen; they are already self-sufficient. But those who are `poor in spirit’, those who have experienced emptiness and nothingness but yet believe that God is good and that He has a purpose for our lives are more ready to accept his words.
In the time of Jesus, the Anawim or the `poor of Yahweh’ were the little ones, the downtrodden, the outcasts, the marginalized of society and those oppressed by others. They received the message of Jesus and acclaimed him as their Messiah. Others who were known public sinners but received the grace of forgiveness also welcomed the Lord’s message. Lastly, the devout ones who waited for the Messiah with longing, were rewarded when Jesus came and revealed to them that he was the long-awaited Son of David.