The gospel talks about the sentiments of Jesus with the towns Chorazin and Bethsaida. He proclaimed His teachings and did His miracles there and yet people did not repent. The statement of Jesus is a strong denunciation of those who completely disregard the call to repentance.
I was raised in a not well-off family and was taught to appreciate everything we had. I was exposed to adversity and faced scarcity, which forced me to make difficult decisions. But through all of these difficulties, I realized how important it is to rely on God when things appear impossible.
However, I am not always faithful to Him because I oftentimes question Him when things go wrong. I commit sins that keep me from Him. Just like what happened to the two cities in the Gospel, they were condemned of their sinful acts. I disobey His commands, resulting in a troubled conscience. But I am grateful every time He saves me from my flaws. When I am tired, I always feel His comfort. Even though I am not faithful, He is.
The Gospel invites me that I should always be aware of the teachings of Jesus in my life. I must always be faithful to Him through ups and downs. I must always choose to be grateful even for the simplest blessings that God gives. Truly, He allows Himself to be found by those who seek Him, who listen to Him and who accept Him.
By: Sem. Marlon T. Yebes
Jesus said to them,
“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,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”