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Reflection by Lyn Francisco
Today's Gospel: Luke 9:51-56
Have you ever felt like you were not welcomed whenever you went to a place you have never been before? How would you react if you’re faced with such a situation? Would you shrug your shoulders and move on? Would you practice the “scorched earth” policy and want to destroy that place? Would you try to engage in dialogue to figure out why you weren’t welcomed in the first place?
In today’s Gospel reading, the Samaritans don’t welcome Jesus and His disciples to their village solely on the basis of the location of his final destination (cf. 9:53). James’ and John’s reactions mirrored the second option provided here: they wanted to destroy the Samaritans’ village. It seems like a natural reaction towards being rejected. However, Jesus rebuked them for reacting this way.
For me, that would be the most sensible response. Why go to a place where you know you are not wanted? I would, as Jesus and His disciples did, move on and journey to the next village or place where I would hope to be welcomed.
On the other hand, have you ever been in a position where you welcome the stranger? My father was in the Navy, and we moved around a lot when I was a kid. It was hard for me to adjust to school because I knew if I got too comfortable, my dad would receive his orders, and we would have to move again. It would have been sad if we were turned away like what the Samaritans did to Jesus and His disciples.
I’m glad something like this never happened to me and my family, and I am grateful to those we met along the way.
Have you ever been in a position where you welcomed the stranger?
Gracious God, we are thankful for all the blessings you bestow upon us. Help us open our hearts and welcome the stranger no matter the circumstance. Amen.
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Copyright 2021 Lyn Francisco
Lyn Francisco is an organist chemist by training and education. When she is not at the lab bench, she occupies an organ bench in churches around Durham, NC. She also serves as cantor at Immaculate Conception Church in Durham.
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