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October 01, 2021

St. Teresa of the Child Jesus

Lk 10: 13-16 

“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.

How have you responded to the Good News?

When I was young, the “woe” sayings of Jesus scared me. When proclaimed, I could feel the righteous anger and fury. Older now (maybe wiser), I hear the words “woe to you” and realize that they are tinged with more nuanced tones. I recognize notes of anguish. I perceive grief. I catch a glimpse of sorrow. I detect distress. I hear a mournful lament. For with their own eyes, the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum saw his powerful works and experienced his mercy, yet refused to repent. They shrank in the face of the invitation to change and to grow. How this must have broken Jesus’ heart.

Today’s Gospel challenges us - we who have heard the Good News - to do some real soul searching. How well have we responded to Jesus’ call? Have we responded generously and humbly? Is repentance a way of life for us, a constant companion on our pilgrimage to being the people God calls us to be? 

Douglas Gleber is the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.

 

 

Prayer

Gracious God, I have seen your deeds of power and heard your call to conversion.
Give me the grace to respond in humility and generosity.
Give me the grace to make repentance a way of life. Amen.

—Douglas Gleber


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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October 01, 2021

St. Teresa of the Child Jesus

Lk 10: 13-16 

“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.

How have you responded to the Good News?

When I was young, the “woe” sayings of Jesus scared me. When proclaimed, I could feel the righteous anger and fury. Older now (maybe wiser), I hear the words “woe to you” and realize that they are tinged with more nuanced tones. I recognize notes of anguish. I perceive grief. I catch a glimpse of sorrow. I detect distress. I hear a mournful lament. For with their own eyes, the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum saw his powerful works and experienced his mercy, yet refused to repent. They shrank in the face of the invitation to change and to grow. How this must have broken Jesus’ heart.

Today’s Gospel challenges us - we who have heard the Good News - to do some real soul searching. How well have we responded to Jesus’ call? Have we responded generously and humbly? Is repentance a way of life for us, a constant companion on our pilgrimage to being the people God calls us to be? 

Douglas Gleber is the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.

 

 

Prayer

Gracious God, I have seen your deeds of power and heard your call to conversion.
Give me the grace to respond in humility and generosity.
Give me the grace to make repentance a way of life. Amen.

—Douglas Gleber


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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