Meditation: If Jesus were to visit your community today,
what would he say? Would he issue a warning like the one he gave
to Chorazin and Bethsaida? And how would you respond? Wherever
Jesus went he did mighty works to show the people how much God had
for them. Chorazin and Bethsaida had been blessed with the
visitation of God. They heard the good news and experienced the
wonderful works which Jesus did for them. Why was Jesus upset with
these communities? The word woe is also translated as alas.
It is as much as an expression of sorrowful pity as it is of
Jesus calls us to walk in the way of truth and freedom
- justice and holiness
Why does Jesus lament and issue a stern warning? The people who heard the Gospel here very likely responded with indifference. Jesus upbraids them for doing nothing! Repentance demands change - a change of heart and way of life. God's word is life-giving and it saves us from destruction - the destruction of soul as well as body. Jesus' anger is directed toward sin and everything which hinders us from doing the will of God and receiving his blessing. In love he calls us to walk in his way of truth and freedom, grace and mercy, justice and holiness. Do you receive his word with faith and submission or with doubt and indifference?
"Lord Jesus, give me the child-like simplicity and purity of faith to gaze upon your face with joy and confidence in your all-merciful love. Remove every doubt, fear, and proud thought which would hinder me from receiving your word with trust and humble submission."
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/