Friday 26th Week of the Year
When our hearts change after an encounter with Jesus, we will never forget Him.
The word “woe” that Jesus uses in today’s gospel
is not a warning as much as a cry from deep within his heart.
The Lord is pleading with the people
of Chorazin and Bethsaida and with us
to listen to Him, to get beyond the miracles
He performs over nature and broken bodies.
His plea is for us to turn to Him with our whole hearts
and to hide nothing from Him.
No secrets, no darkness in our souls
will stop Him from loving us
and laying down His life for us on the cross.
The people of Chorazin and Bethsaida
experienced His mighty deeds
but failed to come to Him
for the mightiest deed of all, forgiveness.
The saddest thing of all is that when Jesus left their towns,
no one would continue to proclaim His Gospel.
The miracles would be forgotten because no one’s life changed.
When Jesus left, they went back
to the same worries and squabbles and nitpicking
they did before He came to town.
They missed out on the surprise of the Gospel,
as Pope Benedict XVI called it.
“There is nothing more beautiful than to know Christ
and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.”
The power of God’s Word comes alive in us
when we welcome Jesus to love us at our worst.
Then our witness to Jesus becomes effective,
and people will listen.
For the words we speak about Jesus
flow from the deepest and richest encounter
a human being can have with the Lord – His Mercy.
Having visited our town, will the sadness of Jesus continue
or will the angels in heaven rejoice over one repentant sinner?