Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ‘c’
How do you react to a rejection, to a criticism, or if others make fun of you? There are situations in life when we feel that way, especially when all you wanted to do was help, but others refused that help. Are you getting angry, or maybe even seeking revenge? Even Jesus was rejected, but He never sought any revenge. Instead, He peacefully moved to another place. In the Gospel today, we read that Jesus and His disciples were unwelcomed into a certain Samaritan village, but “When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?’ Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.” The disciples felt what we feel facing rejection. Most times we too would like to seek revenge, call down fire from heaven to consume them. But Jesus is against any form of revenge. As followers of Jesus, we might be ridiculed, unwelcomed, and rejected by others; however we should never seek any revenge.