Passionate Love

In today’s Gospel, I can sense the passion of Jesus in preaching about the Kingdom of His Father. His words were accompanied by mighty deeds and miracles, but the people who had seen these works were not moved to repentance. Was Jesus reproaching the people out of exhaustion? Was it because He wanted to scare them?

It reminds me of what I used to do with my parents in the past. I often tried to convince them to attend Sunday Mass, but they always had excuses not to go. Out of exasperation, I ended up getting angry at their negligence and indifference in allotting even just an hour weekly for Sunday Mass. Upon reflection, I realized that my anger was born out of my tendency to control them so they would be like me. Just because I love going to Holy Masses does not mean that others should feel the same way as me; if they did, they would act in the same way.

It is tricky to use anger while trying to help others change their way of thinking. Either you are angry out of self-centeredness because you were deprived of your needs and wants, or you are angry out of selflessness because you are passionately in love. I used to interpret that someone could not be angry while loving but I realized that anger is necessary especially if it is for their own good. The struggle here is being misunderstood, for I have met people who think that they are not loved if they are reproached.

I do not think Jesus was reproaching the people out of His exasperation because His needs were unmet nor did He want to scare them. I think He was just warning them to spare them from the consequences of their unrepented sins. His intentions are always pure, and His actions are always an outward expression of His passionate love.

By: Sem. Jose A. Cordova Jr.

Today’s Gospel

Matthew 11:20-24

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the nether world.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

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