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dc.contributor.authorWirth, Eileenen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 237en_US
dc.description.abstract|In today's gospel from Mark, Jesus is once again in trouble with his neighbors in Nazareth. Today not only is he a prophet is without honor in his own native place but his homily about how God doesn't necessarily favor people like them so angers synagogue-goers that they try to murder him.|WOW! That's some reaction!  The most extreme response to a homily that I ever saw was a standing ovation for a pastor who said something risky.|I draw two important takeaways from this short but powerful gospel and the first reading from Kings that Jesus alludes to: God is universal and loves all of his people regardless of their creed or nationality. Therefore, we can't  assume that we own God.|Following Jesus means taking risks and even facing persecution to proclaim this universal love.|This may sound obvious but it's not. Growing up, I unconsciously assumed that God was a lot like all the male adult authority figures I knew: white, respectable and law-abiding. If Jesus hadn't been born in Israel 2,000 years ago, he would have been a good Midwestern Republican Catholic, just like us.|But Jesus wasn't like that. He proclaimed radical ideas about justice, charity and peace without caring how civil and religious authorities reacted. He risked death a number of times before his crucifixion. He wouldn't have fit in at the chamber of commerce|Lent is the perfect time to examine our consciences about how well we are following this risk-taking Jesus. Are we doing anything to foster the universal brotherhood/sisterhood of all people including refugees, immigrants, the homeless and other social outcasts? Are we living in solidarity for and with the poor as Ignatian spirituality commands?|We can make progress in baby steps this Lent just by things like y volunteering at a homeless shelter or advocating for the least of our brothers and sisters. I'll guarantee that Lent will be far richer than if we just give up chocolate or wine for the next month. Heck you might feel so virtuous that you allow yourself a mint Dove bar or a glass of Merlot.|Happy Lent!en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, March 5, 2018: 3rd Week in Lent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitDepartment of Journalism, Media and Computing, Retireden_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWirth, Eileen M.en_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local12 Kings 5:1-15aen_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 4:24-30en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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