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    Have you ever been rejected?  It hurts when we encounter rejection.  Possibly, we have stories from our younger years when we were growing up and wanted acceptance from our peer group.


    One comedian was talking about his attempts to land a date during his teenage years.  He says, “I was never very good at this romance thing.  It’s true!  I remember my teenage years.  We used to play spin the bottle.  The way we played it was that a girl would spin the bottle and if the bottle stopped on you, the girl could either kiss your or give you a quarter.”  He goes on to say, “By the time I was fifteen, I had enough quarters to buy my first car.”


    Possibly, many of us have felt like this comedian in being rejected in terms of getting a date, making a team, being the last one to be chosen for a pick-up game, not getting the job after an interview…  We all want to be accepted but rejection does occur.  How do we deal with it?


    The Gospel presents us with rejection.  The servants of the landowner are killed.  Then the son of the landowner is killed.  The tenants who did this will encounter the punishment of being killed as well.  Jesus intended this last statement of the parable for the Jewish leaders who rejected the prophets and who will reject Him.


    Jesus states, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…”  Jesus, who was rejected now reigns supreme at the right hand of God the Father.  He suffered rejection that we might be reconciled with God.  Because He knows about being rejected, He can help us with our feelings of hurt and despair.


    So what to do when we are rejected?  First share your thoughts and feelings with Christ and ask His help.  It is also helpful to share your thoughts and feelings with others.  Secondly, when rejected do not give up the fight.


    St. Paul was rejected many times.  He did not crawl and hide under a rock.  St. Paul states, “One thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has call me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”


    So after acknowledging the rejection, after sharing our thoughts and feelings with Christ and others, we forget the rejection.  We do not allow this episode to define us.  We focus upon the goal.  We move forward. 


    Thirdly, we can use this rejection to help us grow in maturity and to help us minister to those who are rejected.  We grow to see episodes of rejection as part of life.  We do not have to agonize over them.  As we encounter rejection, we are more attuned to helping other people who are rejected.


    Right now, many of us are cheering for the Cleveland Indians.  Hopefully, they do well.  But just as sports teams have cheering fans and cheerleaders, people need cheerleaders in their individual lives.  You can be a cheerleader to someone who is feeling down by offering encouraging words.


    As Christ, expect at times to encounter rejection.  As Christ was a wounded healer, so too you are called to be wounded healers.  Let us cheer one another on so as St. Paul says, we can forget what lies behind, strive for the goal, and win the prize, to be in heaven with Jesus.


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