Jesus reveals He is the Messiah and the people of His hometown attempt to kill Him. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Faith so he can always remain faithful and absolutely loyal to Jesus and by growing in the Virtue of Piety so he can better imitate St. Joseph and rely on his constant help. 

Liturgy

3rd Week of Lent – Monday – Lk 4:24-30

Commentary

As His reputation continues to grow, Jesus returns to Nazareth to reveal Himself. A Nazarene who speaks Aramaic with a Nazarene accent, Jesus desired that His own people of Nazareth would come to Him. As He teaches in the synagogue, Jesus proclaims He is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah. While the people are first impressed, they begin to wonder about the source of Jesus’ great wisdom. Their skepticism begins to grow as they recall Jesus is the son of Joseph (and Mary). Mysteriously, despite having the Son of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph in their midst for years, the people have completely failed to recognize Divinity and holiness. 

In their hardness of mind and heart, the people are offended, reject God in their midst, and are guilty of disbelief. Jesus, with sorrow and amazement at their lack of faith, condemns their disbelief, saying, “no prophet is acceptable in his own country.” He condemns their sinfulness, referring to Old Testament examples (Elijah, Elisha) when God’s miracles were generously given to Gentiles, while the sinful people of Israel were shunned by God because of their unfaithfulness. 

Quickly, His own people of Nazareth go from being impressed to being murderous. Jesus allows the people to freely choose to take their evil action; they drag Him out of the city to a cliff, and prepare to throw Him to His death. Always in control, Jesus passes through the murderous crowd and departs, a demonstration of His mysterious personal power; it is unclear if Jesus simply intimidates the mob with His powerful personality or if He yields supernatural power to stop the crowd’s ability to act.  

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Marvel at how Jesus challenges and faces down a violent mob: Divine Prophet, Jesus, with Divine Knowledge, courageously reveals the Truth of the coming Judgment; after He allows the evil mob to attempt to murder Him, He Intimidates them to back down through His powerful Charisma and physical Strength or by His Divine Power.

Always be faithful and loyal to Jesus

Realize: Like the men of Nazareth who were close to Jesus for years but rejected Him, millions of men who were raised Catholic have willingly rejected Jesus and His Catholic Church to become apostates (from the Greek, apostasis, meaning “defection, desertion, rebellion”); these poor and pitiful souls immediately fall from communion with Jesus and His Holy Catholic Church by their deliberate rejection of their Baptismal and Confirmation vows and failure to keep even the minimal expectations of The Precepts(CCC 2041-2043). 

Believe: Reflect upon the Church’s teaching about the Creed’s statement I believe (CCC 144-197).

Pray: Almighty Father, help me build the Virtue of Faith so I never fall into doubt, heresy, or apostasy, give me Your Grace to completely believe, help me hold dearly to Your perfect Truth and strengthen me to keep my commitments to You through Your Holy Catholic Church. 

Imitate St. Joseph and rely on his constant help

Realize: Today’s Gospel reference to St. Joseph reminds every Catholic man of the need for all Catholic men to have a devotion to St. Joseph, the patron saint of the Catholic Church, fathers, families and the unborn. 

Believe: Reflect upon St. Joseph (CCC 437, 531, 2177).

Pray: Jesus, Son of Joseph, help me build the Virtue of Piety (a part of Justice) so I am always awed by the heroic virtues and mission of St. Joseph, honor St. Joseph through my personal devotion to him, and seek Your earthly father’s intercession to You for help in my most pressing needs.