Growth From Our Shortcomings
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country” and proceeds to remind the Jews in the synagogue of some of their shortcomings and of times when it did not seem as if they were in God’s favor. The immediate and sharp reaction of the crowd was “wrath”. Jesus, who points out the truth to the crowd, is instantly cast out from the town. Have you ever become angry at a friend for telling you what you need to hear, instead of what you want to hear, especially when our shortcomings are confronted? Take some time to reflect on the aspects of yourself that you do not like people to remind you of and ask trustworthy friend to help hold you accountable.
Andrew Menezes, is a third year biology major serving as a Ministerial Assistant in University Ministry assisting the Educating for Justice team. He is president of the Catholic Student Group and assists with various retreat programs on campus. As a Biaggini Scholar he conducts undergraduate research. He is originally from Houston, Texas.