Oct 1 2021 Reflection
Friday 1 October 2021
First Reading: Bar 4:5-12, 27-29
The Lord listens to the poor.
Ps 69:33-35, 36-37
Gospel Reading: Lk 10:13-16
Today’s Note: Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty works done in you
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would have repented long ago,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment
for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
And you, Capernaum,
will you be exalted to heaven?
You shall be brought down to Hades.
“He who hears you hears me,
and he who rejects you rejects me,
and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
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 anger.
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.