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Jesus upbraided them because they did not repent

1 Thes 5:16: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
  Let us Pray ...
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Heavenly Father, thank you for being with us, always. Give us a deeper admiration and a more profound awareness of your presence today and everyday. May our life reflect the joy you have given us by saving me by grace. And may our heart always find its home in you. Through the name of Infant Jesus our Savior we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (July 12, 2011)
Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Exodus 2:1-15a
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 11:20-24)
Why Jesus is upset with these communities? The word woe can mean misfortune, disaster, distress, grief, sadness, misery, grief, or wretchedness. It is as much an expression of sad pity and grief as it is of dismay over the calamity and destruction which comes as a consequence of human folly, sin, and ignorance. 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 we respond? Wherever Jesus went he did powerful works to show the people how much God had for them. Chorazin and Bethsaida had been sacred with the visitation of God. They heard the good news and practiced the wonderful works which Jesus did for them. Why does Jesus mourn and issue a stern warning? The people who heard the gospel here very likely responded with unresponsiveness. Jesus upbraids them for doing not anything! Repentance demands change - a change of heart and action in life. God's word is life-giving and it saves us from obliteration – the annihilation of heart, mind, and soul as well as body. Jesus' anger is directed toward sin and all which hinders us from doing the will of God. In love he calls us to walk in his way of truth and freedom, grace and loving - compassion, justice and holiness. Do we receive his word with faith and obedience or with doubt and indifference?


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