31 Aug Strangers in Our Own Land (LK 4:24) by Amy Kosta
“Amen I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.” ~ Lk 4:24 (full readings)
Amy’s Reflections: In today’s gospel Jesus stands to preach in Nazareth where He speaks words of truth that amazed the people, but was rejected in His home town. I have heard and read this gospel numerous times and often thought how could these people be so blind? However, today I read these same words and realized how often I have experienced this same type of rejection myself. I would expect that anyone who is passionate about the Pro-life mission can relate. Have you ever received that eye-rolling when talking in a group setting about the sanctity of life? How many times have you been ignored by people when wearing your LIFE Runner gear? And I am not just talking about out on the streets…no …I am talking about in our own churches and even our families. Yes, even among fellow Christians, we are strangers in our own land!! It is among those who know the truth, but still refuse to accept it that we find our greatest challenge. It is a painful reality of taking on the battle against the culture of death that those so deeply rooted in that culture will ignore the truths to avoid controversy. We must accept this rejection as part of our pro-life ministry and continue to witness for life as Christ would do, with kindness and love. We must wear our LIFE Runner blue proudly, run/walk for life with conviction, and pray that the Lord will soften those hearts hardened by the culture of this world. All things are possible with God!
* Amy Kosta is a registered nurse who lives in St. Louis with Steve, her husband of 25 years. Amy & Steve are members of the St. Louis LIFE Runners chapter and share their passion for life with their 5 children..
Faith Challenge: Say a special prayer for those who have rejected you because of your pro-life convictions that God might soften their hearts to see every human life as reflection of His glory.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Raymond Nonnatus
Faith Quote: “People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway.” ~ Mother Theresa
Through Christ our Lord,