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Gospel for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Luke 4:21-30

Summary: In a synagogue, Jesus announced the fulfillment of Scripture, astonishing the audience with his eloquence. They recognized him as Joseph's son. Jesus anticipated their skepticism and referenced Elijah and Elisha, who ministered to non-Israelites, illustrating a prophet's rejection at home. This incited anger, leading to an attempt to harm him, but he left unscathed.

Jesus Rejected in Hometown

Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”

He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”

And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.

Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.

Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”

When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.

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