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Gospel Reflection for February 3
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

February 3, 2019—Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Luke 4:21-30

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and lots of folks will be gathering for parties. Some time ago, I read a true story by a gentleman named Jason. He and his wife had just moved into a new home. They were invited by a group of neighbors to watch the Super Bowl on TV. During half-time, Jason’s wife was in the kitchen helping the hostess. The others were talking about a vacation they had taken the previous summer. One woman said, “I made a video of all of us in San Diego. Want to see it? It’s in the car.” She ran to get it, and minutes later, when they were watching it, Jason’s wife came in from the kitchen. She took one look at the TV and remarked, “Those are the ugliest women I’ve ever seen in a commercial.” Jason said: “We watched the second half of the game at home.”

Jesus was thrown out of his home town in the Gospel. But where Jason’s wife really put her foot in her mouth and deserved to get the boot, Jesus didn’t deserve the hostility he received. He just spoke the truth.

Today is a good time to ask ourselves, “What kind of reception do we offer Jesus?” Do we give him the “bum’s rush” to the city limits? Do we quietly ignore him? Do we welcome him only if he doesn’t challenge us?

Is Jesus the Lord and Savior of our lives? If someone asked us for the names of our best friends, would Jesus come in at the top of the list? Do the words of Jesus affect our thoughts, words, and actions?

These are good questions. For the best answer to all such questions, let’s look to our Blessed Mother. She stood faithfully with Jesus from Bethlehem to Calvary, from the crib to the Cross. She says to us as we look to Jesus: “Do whatever he tells you.”

Read last week's reflection.