Your Opinion Matters
Have you ever had someone question where you get your knowledge from? It could be that you're giving a wise, well-researched response to a question, or perhaps you give an opinion off the top of your head without anything to back it up but your perspective on the matter. Some will hear your response, but then say that 'you don't know anything', and make some remark about your family, your faith, your lifestyle, your origins. If they say your opinion doesn't matter, because of your origins (a small-minded response), then they would be correct. When you live a faith-based life, you make every decision, inside, thought and action based on what you believe to be right as a Catholic. Living with faith as your root, means you believe that you are a child of God, that we are all children of God, made unique and with purpose, helping to shape your perspective to include all people, and share God's love. God guides each of us through prayer, silence, Scripture, those around us, and in ways that we cannot even explain. Through God's guidance, we have all the knowledge and direction we need to live a good life. Where then do you get your knowledge from?
Today's Gospel states:'And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"' (Luke 4:14-22).
Today's reading talks about the people being amazed about Jesus' teaching, despite where he came from growing up. He shares great knowledge, beyond what even their priests could discuss, and the people ask the question 'is this not the carpenter's son'? They get stumped from that last point, not expecting someone from this trade to know so much and demonstrate it. So often people don't speak up to the fact that they are Catholic, that they believe, that it is the centre of their life. It's becoming more and more a taboo subject when we introduce ourselves, unless we know that group or people are understanding and of similar beliefs. It's important to live up to and embrace your faith, let it be your centre, let one of the first things you say to someone as you're introducing yourself be that you're a Catholic, and proud of it. You're a child of God, baptized as a part of God's family, be proud of your origins and embrace it!
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me in Your image and likeness. Help me to be a proud believer and live a life of faith with You at the centre of all I do.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.