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Woes to Unrepentant Cities

Woes to Unrepentant Cities

Reflection on the Gospel of the Tuesday
In The Fifteenth Week Of Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 11: 20-24

Todays gospel is certainly not sounding too good for the people residing in Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. Jesus made such a strong statement against these towns because many miraculous things were provided for them yet they staunchly remained unrepentant/unchanged – unwilling to turn to the only One able to save them. The Lord’s comparison of them to the cities of Tyre, Sidon and Sodom was not something to be proud of because these ancient cities were known for their wickedness and each was destroyed by God for its evil. Yet, Jesus states, that even these wicked cities would in the end fare better as they no doubt would have repented if the same miracles had been been performed in the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum.

Now let’s look at our lives, today we have any number of resources to know and grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ – books, commentaries, Christian music, Bible studies online and off line etc. Thus, there is certainly no reason for you and me to be shallow in our faith … lack a deep understanding of Jesus and to have an intimate relationship with Him and if we do then it due to a lack of desire on our part, just like the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum who refused to repent – to leave their sins and turn to God. Today these same cities remain in ruins because they rejected the Messiah., Not because of them rejecting Christ, but their own actions brought the destruction.

Lord help me today to look at my life closely and to help me, to repent for my sins and to grow in appreciation and gratitude. I pray that I may not miss what God has done, is doing, and wants to do in my life. Amen

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