“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades.“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
God’s gifts are all around us. Do we notice them?
The people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum didn’t. Jesus worked the bulk of his miracles and spoke the bulk of his message around these towns, but still they did not believe.
We might read Christ’s reaction as anger, but this is not anger. Jesus is speaking out of deep sadness and frustration. These are his neighbors, the people he loves, yet they are rejecting him. It is as if he is crying out, “What more do I have to do?”
Christ is still working his ministry among us. Our lives are full of his gifts. Do we recognize them?
Let’s take time today to notice Christ’s work in our lives.
What are God’s gifts in my life? Who are the people bringing me the good news? How will I respond to Jesus, who is working so hard to get my attention?
Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes,
to discern and test the spirits
that help me read the signs of the times,
to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others.
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.
—Pedro Arrupe, SJ