Here is today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. But passing through the midst of them he went away’.

St Cyril of Alexandria commented: ‘They then were inflamed with anger, because he had branded their wicked thought; and also because He had said. To-day is this Scripture fulfilled, namely, that “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me;” for they considered that He made Himself equal to the prophets. … Leading Him therefore to the brow of the hill, they endeavoured to throw Him from the crags: but He went through the midst of them without taking any notice, so to say, of their attempt: not as refusing to suffer, – for this reason He had even come, – but as awaiting a suitable time. For it was now the commencement of His preaching, and it would have been unseasonable to have suffered before He had proclaimed the word of truth. For it depended on Him to suffer, or not to suffer; for He is Lord of times as well as of things. And this is a proof, that when He suffered, He suffered voluntarily, and that neither then could He have suffered, had He not yielded Himself thereto.

St John might have added, ‘for His hour had not yet come’. And so, our Lord is able simply to slip away, and His captors do not notice, as if an invisible had bocks their sight. And so, the purpose of the Holy One continues.

May God bless you and keep you close to Himself this day.