The Rejection at Nazareth

January 30, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

JER 1:4-5, 17-19 PS 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17 1 COR 12:31—13:13 or 1 COR 13:4-13

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LK 4:21-30

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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Bl. Ladislao Batthyány-Strattmann (Feast Day January 22)

October 28, 1870-January 22, 1931

Ladislaus was the sixth of ten brothers, born into an ancient noble family in Hungary. He knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a doctor so he could serve the poor. Ladislaus and his wife, Countess Maria Teresa Coreth, had 13 children together. They attended Mass together every day and prayed the rosary every night as a family. In 1902 Ladislaus opened a hospital and worked there during World War I, taking care of injured soldiers. When his uncle died in 1915, Ladislaus inherited a castle in Hungary. Five years later, he moved his entire family into the castle and made one wing of their home into a hospital that specialized in ophthalmology. Ladislaus became well-known all over Hungary and across Europe as a “doctor of the poor.” When people came to him for medical treatment, he never charged them any money. Instead, he would tell his patients that their “fee” was to pray an Our Father for him. As a doctor, Ladislaus was able to live his personal vocation in a powerful way. Ladislaus prayed before every surgery he performed, asking God to bless the operation, and believed that he was merely an instrument in the hands of God. Dr. Ladislaus died in 1931 after suffering with bladder cancer for over a year. Even in moments of great pain, he said, “I am happy. I am suffering atrociously, but I love my sufferings and am consoled in knowing that I support them for Christ.”


Take time to chat

•Why do you think the people in Jesus’ hometown have a hard time believing that he is the Messiah (the one sent by God to bring salvation to the world)?

•Do you think people today have a hard time believing in Jesus? Why or why not?

•Jesus speaks challenging words to the people in Nazareth and wants them to respond to him in a positive way. Sometimes it’s hard to behave in the way Jesus wants. Share a time when you’ve been challenged in this way.

•Blessed Ladislao Batthyány-Strattmann turned half of his home into a hospital. How can your home be a place of welcome and healing for others?


Recipe of the week

Hungarian Cucumber Salad

Blessed Ladislao Batthyány-Strattmannand his family may have shared a dish similar to this one. Share this with your family today.

2 English cucumbers (peel if preferred)

1 –2 Tbsp salt

(optional) 1 onion, sliced thinly

1 -2 cloves of garlic, minced

(optional) 2 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp vinegar

2/3 cup sour cream

ground black pepper (to taste)

a sprinkle of paprika

Prepare the cucumber and slice thinly. Place the cucumbers and onionin a bowl or colander. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 30 minutes. You can refrigerate it. Rinse the salt and drain the excess liquid from the cucumbers by squeezing out the water. Add the sour cream, sugar, vinegar, garlic, pepper, and paprika and mix well together. Refrigerate salad for a few hours, even overnight, before serving.


Family Fun

Puzzle Activity

The fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy through Jesus is much like a puzzle; it helps us to see how all the individual pieces of God’s plan are coming together. Pick one of your favorite puzzles and do it together as a family. Make it festive by putting some music on in the background and serving your family’s favorite snacks!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

ACTS Prayer

Blessed Ladislao Batthyány-Strattmann prayed before every surgery he performed; use this prayer before you go to bed tonight. This prayer will help you to stay close to Jesus. It has a simple formula using the acronym, ACTS. Invite each family member to respond to each prompt. Spend time reflecting and sharing afterward.

A—Adoration—I praise You, God, for...

C—Confession—I am sorry for...

T—Thanksgiving—I am thankful for...

S—Supplication—I ask You for...

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

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Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Use the ACTS Prayer formula each day this week as part of your family prayer.

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The Catholic Church has a process to canonize saints. To be “canonized” is to be officially recognized as a saint in the Church. The process has stages, and each stage has different requirements that must be met to move to the next step. The titles given for each stage are Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed, and Saint.

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