Today's reading: Luke 1-4
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read.... Luke 4 : 16 NRSV
None of us like rejection.
It is especially hard when we are rejected or put down by those who should know us and love us the best.
Jesus comes home. He goes to church on the day to worship, which was usual for him. He participates in the service.
But instead of being amazed at this boy everyone has known since he was little, everyone takes offense at him and rejects his interpretation. In fact, they go beyond taking offense and become so angry that they want to kill him.
How this must have hurt Jesus. It must have been extremely painful to know that he had been rejected by his childhood friends and neighbors. In addition, it must have hurt to know that in rejecting him, they were also rejecting God.
But in being rejected at home, Jesus goes on to Capernaum which becomes his home base for his ministry and he flourishes there.
Sometimes being rejected can be the catalyst we need to go where we will be most effective.
God, we don't like being rejected, especially by those who should love and accept us the most. May we all find the place where we are truly accepted. Thank you for your love and acceptance of us regardless. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims