The Word of God

Rejection Strategy

Reflection on Mass Reading for February 7, 2019

“Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” Have you ever walked into a room and automatically felt that something was terribly wrong? And by “terribly wrong,” what is meant is an atmosphere or attitude that is so negative and critical that you just cannot get away from there fast enough. In fact, the departure is so quick and determined that you leave a trail of dust behind. The Lord Jesus knows exactly the kind of world we occupy. It is full of negative and sinful postures that seek to choke and stifle the beautiful Gospel message. He also knows that we can trust Him with every good gift and wise choice. This is why we are forewarned and thus forearmed: any belligerent or hyper-critical encounter over the Gospel must end with an encounter with the closest door and move to the next page that God has already written and is waiting for us. 

“…you have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” The great news today, among the many other blessings we see and cannot see, is the fact that the Lord has once again reaffirmed His great love for us and His constant protection over every single step we take no matter what kind of encounter is waiting for us. All we have to do is remain faithful to His Word, be fed constantly with the Eucharist, and never ever lose hope even in the face of seemingly hostile and hateful rejection. 

Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. Dr. Steve Maraboli

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