TUESDAY, FIFTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Ex 2:1-15; Ps 69:3,14,30-31,33-34; Mt 11:20-24
SIN AND REPENTANCE
Today’s Gospel is a warning about what happens to those who do not repent. After seeing the wonders Jesus had worked in their midst, the people of Bethsaida and Chorazin should have been moved to repentance immediately. However, they were not. They went about their evil ways. Jesus denounces them not because of their sin, but because of their lack of repentance. We all sin, and if sin was an unrepairable breach between us and God, we would all be lost. But fortunately, sin is repairable. Jesus came into the world to offer himself up as a ransom so that we could be forgiven. Jesus says that it will be more bearable for Tyre, Sidon and Sodom on the day of judgment than for Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum.
What does he mean? Those with greater opportunities to meet Jesus, hear his preaching and see his marvellous works will be judged more severely than those with less.
What does this mean for us today? It means that we Christians, who have received the gift of faith, the gift of the gospel and the gift of the Church and its sacraments will be judged more strictly than those who never heard the name of the Lord. The people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum knew Jesus better than the people of Tyre, Sidon and Sodom, and therefore they would receive a greater punishment for their lack of repentance. We, on the other hand, know Jesus better than the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum.
All of us are sinners, and hence need to repent of our sins. What will happen to those who refuse to repent? They will be refusing God’s forgiveness as well. How tragic will that be to knowingly choose condemnation, when the Lord has already paid the price for our sin by dying on the cross and has opened the doors to heaven for us. Let us therefore, approach him daily with a humble spirit and a contrite heart.
Response: You who are poor, seek God and your heart will revive.
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