Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

(Mt 11: 20-24)

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

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Jesus reproaches the towns of Charazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum because of their hardheartedness. In spite of Jesus’ preaching and many miracles, the people remained in their sinful ways. Indifferent and unresponsive to His preaching, they simply  refuse to reform their lives. They are subsequently warned that a fate worse than that of Sodom will down on them, if they do not repent and persist in their wicked ways.

The warning is directed to us as well. We have received privileges and blessings and have experienced God’s goodness much more than the people of Sodom or Capernaum. For all that we have received and experienced, have we really been converted? The simple but genuine faith and religiosity of the poor and unlettered who have received less in life can put to shame those who have been blessed with much more but have taken these for granted.

Daily Gospel 2017

 

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