God loves man despite his weaknesses, and even his ingratitude, infidelity and
sin. When people go astray and commit sins, God sends them His messengers-- the prophets. However very often the messengers of God are sometimes misunderstood, and experience hostility from those they are supposed to help. This is so because those to whom the prophets are sent are "rebel people" to God. These people are " impudent and stubborn", as we heard in the first reading of today's Liturgy of the Word, in the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel. The messengers of God must realize that they do not speak on their own behalf, but it is "the mouth of God". Therefore, they must preach what God has recommended them to preach, though they are often unpopular commands, which require the recipients sacrifices and changes to policies which are often discarded! The Evangelist, Mark, in his gospel, tells about the arrival of Jesus to his home town of Nazareth, where Jesus suffered from His compatriots misunderstanding and even rejection. They asked conceitedly: "Where does this come from? And what is the wisdom given to Him?" And they took offence to Him. He wondered at their unbelief, but was not discouraged for the work which the Father commissioned Him to do, and went further around the villages teaching about the Kingdom of God and the goodness of God, who wants eternal bliss and complete happiness in heaven for all. When we look at our times, we see that nothing has changed since then. We are all exactly the same, like the Jews in today's Gospel. We like to live according to our habits, according to cliches, no surprises,and no remorse. We like to think that everything is fine, that we need not do repentance or change our life. And yet, through Baptism, we have all been incorporated into Christ and all have become Priests and Prophets and have been called to change our life styles. Thus, we have received a mission of proclaiming the Gospel and becoming Apostles, despite the fears and anxieties and specifics. Let us realize that He constantly accompanies us to care and help fulfill His Apostolic Mission. Let those who by their own lives and examples guide their loved ones and further encourage friends and strangers to get to know and fall in love with Christ. Let us remember that today we have become Christ!