Reflection on Matthew 11:20-24 ~
I am an example of Christian choice. As a child, God had invited me to not only repent but to be inwardly prayerful and do outward for others. At the time I did not understand the call. For decades I remained what I would call an adequate Christian. Then, during prayer immediately after 9/11, in an unexpected moment with Christ, the desire for internal transformation overpowered my entire being. I was awakened to unconditional love from deep within, and the yearning to let it flow outward.
Jesus Teaches the People by the Sea, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 11 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Woes to Unrepentant Cities
20 Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. 21 “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 in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven?
No, you will be brought down to Hades.
For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 11:20-24.