Monday, July 17, 2017
TUESDAY, 15th Week in Ordinary Time
July 18, 2017 – TUESDAY, 15th Week in Ordinary Time
Ex 2: 1- 15a / Mt 11: 20 - 24
GOSPEL READING: Mt 11: 20 - 24
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which he had performed most of his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways, "Alas for you, Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I assure you, for Tyre and Sidon it will be more bearable on the day of judgment than for you.
"And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead! For if the miracles which were performed in you had taken place in Sodom, it would still be there today! But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."
Jesus preached and performed many miracles in Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida in Galilee. But very few received his message and repented, despite his many great deeds.
We may no longer worship false gods and images, as the ancient Greeks and Romans did; but we do have many gods in our lives- money and success, power and prestige, the approval of others and our own self-esteem, sex and drugs - the list goes on. The evil one is very good in turning what may be good in itself into idols to replace God in our lives. In pursuing these, we may be shutting out the voice and values of Christ in our lives.
Despite the many good things and talents God has given us, we can forget about him in our pursuit of these false gods and values. We can be so attached to our own will and "success" that we forget God's will and values.
Let us heed the warning of Jesus in the Gospel reading, that we may discern
God and his actions in our lives, repent and keep his commandments,
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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