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Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth: “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place"...They rose up, drove him out of town, and led him to the brow of the hill to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away.
Ah, to be young and strong. How wonderful! I can’t say there is anything wrong with that, except for the fact it is not very good preparation for growing old and weak. How does being strong help you when you grow weak? Everyone feels "mighty" when they are strong and horrible when they are sick.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Is this a lesson regarding humility? After all, Humpty had it all, but fell off a wall…and broke into a million pieces. So, did climbing to the top help him prepare for his fall? No. But if he conquered this wall once, could he not do it again? Not in a million pieces! So it would seem as though his great accomplishment really didn’t help him at all when he fell off the wall. Correct. But it must have felt good to be up so high, right? I don’t know.
There are many who have it all and end up losing it all. Marilyn had it all, but was a drug addict. Robert had it all, but was an alcoholic. I know a young man who thinks he has it all but doesn’t. His greatest problem is not his wealth, accomplishments, achievements or acknowledgments. His greatest problem is his pride. I know a young lady that has it all: intelligence, beauty, a heart of gold, a soul that is pure. But her greatest problem is her confidence.
I can say I know God. I can even say I love God, but do I believe in Him and am I willing to follow him through thick and thin; in good times and in bad? Am I willing to give it all - not most or a lot, but all - up for Him?
It’s not good to have it all, almost. It’s not even better to have it all, period. What matters most is to have what counts the most: JESUS CHRIST!
Every Christian has to drain themselves of themselves; scratch themselves off the face of the earth. How? By getting rid of their mirror and putting up a portrait of Jesus Christ. If we wish to believe in Him and follow Him, then we must get rid of all that holds us back: our pride, our vanity and our sensuality.
As a young seminarian, I was told that I had to comb my hair a certain way. I couldn’t believe it! I couldn’t believe that after all I had given up - my family, my job, my money, my freedom, my future wife and children, my home and independence, wealth and adventure, I was now being told I needed to comb my hair a certain way? “You gotta be kidding me?” was my prayerful response. I was ready to leave. I was fed up with all this nonsense. But then I got a hold of my senses, and realized that I was going to return to all these things because of just one thing: my hair? Oh, how the devil plays his tricks!
Naaman, the highly esteemed and highly respected army commander of the king of Aram, had it all, including a problem: he was a leper (cf 2Kgs 5:1-15). He was a brilliant strategist, a mighty warrior, a soldier’s soldier, but was just about ready to call it quits, give up for good, and give into despair when he was told to go to the river Jordan and bathe there. Naaman was so used to doing things the hard way that he could no longer believe in an easier way.
Do I need plastic surgery to look more luscious? Do I need one more piercing to feel better about myself? Do I need another wardrobe to break my brokenness? Do I need another drink to forget all my problems? Do I need to hold onto a memory that should have been long forgotten? Do I need to drive people to the brow of the hill to hurl them down headlong (cf. Lk 4:29-30).
Do I need a little bit more of Christ? Do I need Christ? Do I need Christ through me, with me and in me? Do I have everything but Christ? Do I want Christ and nothing else?
Adam and Eve were high above all, Adam and Eve had a great fall. Only the King’s son and all of his friends could help put Adam and Eve back together again.