For 31 January 2010, 4th Sunday, based on Luke 4:21-30
Then he began to say to them, â€œToday this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.â€ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, â€œIs not this Josephâ€™s son?â€ He said to them, â€œDoubtless you will quote to me this proverb, â€˜Doctor, cure yourself!â€™ And you will say, â€˜Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.â€™â€ And he said, â€œTruly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophetâ€™s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.â€ When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.