Outrageous Me – Good News for March 16

16 03 2009

We don’t like to hear the truth about ourselves…

Luke 4:24-30

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth, “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 he passed through the midst of them and went away.

The Daily Path: Luke depicts the scene where Jesus walked a gauntlet of outraged Nazarenes after he had spoken the truth. Often times we don’t like to hear the truth about ourselves. I can think of many cases were I’ve been one of the outraged. On the flip side I can also think of the numerous occasions when I haven’t had the courage to speak the truth for fear that it will make me an outcast.

Why do I fear the truth? Or should I say: Why does ME fear the truth? Ah hah! It’s that ME character again. Mr. Ego casts his long shadow once again. Go away ME. I wonder if I can go a whole day without falling victim to ME?

Room to Chat: Lord, today I ask for awareness of when ME is acting out so I can take that as a cue for a quick prayer. A prayer for acceptance of truth and for courage to speak it.

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