30 January 2016


jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 corinthians 12:31—13:13; luke 4:21-30

«love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: acceptance; understanding; and appreciation. remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. 
which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. think about it – do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? so, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole» 
(vera nazarian, «the perpetual calendar of inspiration»).

often in relationships and families, «the triangle falls apart»… and most often the missing dimensions are understanding and accepting a person as he/she is.

JESUS experienced this when he returned home to nazareth. he had left nazareth after 30 quiet years as a simple artisan. after his baptism, life changed: he received a prophetic anointing, and began ministering to people. then he returned home, and pointed to himself as the fulfilment of the text from isaiah: «the spirit of the LORD is upon me…»
and his people’s reaction? their first reaction is appreciation and astonishment, but then they remember his identity. they do not allow his wisdom to interfere with their memories of him. he may be the anointed one, may preach and teach, may perform miracles, but for them he is still the carpenter.
perhaps his people had a vested interest in focusing on the past. it’s better having a carpenter than a prophet; it’s better getting broken furniture fixed than getting challenged to fix broken lives. 

home is the place where there is love… acceptance, understanding and appreciation in equal measure. is my home/community such a place? do i accept, understand and appreciate my loved ones as they are?
st paul gives a description of love in the second reading: love has a tough programme… it accepts all. do i «love»?