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Luke 10:13-16

The Word of God

Jesus said to his disciples, "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."

Luke 10:13-16
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    • Today’s reading reminds of an aspect we often overlook. Jesus from time to time speaks clearly of judgement: we will be judged according to our deeds and to our reaction to God’s many gifts to us. We will only be saved if we want, and God, however merciful, cannot make us do what we refuse to choose. • Today is the feast of St Francis, a saint who is a universal favourite, because when we look at him we understand much better who Jesus was, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Sometimes he is reduced to a romantic figure, a kind of 13th century hippie. I ask myself what attracts me most in this saint, and pray to be given to be, like him, someone who reflects Jesus in my life.
    • Today is the feast of St Francis, a saint who is a universal favourite, because when we look at him we understand much better who Jesus was, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Sometimes he is reduced to a romantic figure, a kind of 13th century hippie. I ask myself what attracts me most in this saint, and pray to be given to be, like him, someone who reflects Jesus in my life.
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    • Jesus himself knew moments of discouragement, when his preaching failed to bring about conversion. Here he is like the prophets of the Old Testament, warning people that their neglect of God's ways can only have destructive consequences. Jesus knows that he represents God's message in an especially important way - so the effect upon those who reject him will be even more terrible than the fate of the 'sinful' cities of the Old Testament.
    • It is striking that Jesus' ministry took place outside of the big cities of the region, in the villages and small towns of Galilee. He had decided that the cities - except for Jerusalem - were not the places where he was to preach. He moved instead among communities of subsistence farmers and day labourers, praying for one day's sustenance at a time. Yet it is among them that God works his 'deeds of power'.
    • And what about me? Do I look for this power in places of prestige? Or can I walk with Jesus among the vulnerable?
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    • Jesus berates the people for not recognising him and listening to him, poising retribution to those who do not listen to those sent by Jesus. He singles out especially those who were privileged to observe his deeds.
    • We recognise that if the best of human and religious values are ignored and trampled upon we, as individuals and as cultures, are not in a good place. Jesus speaks harshly to make the point that he cannot bear wilful corruption of any kind.
    • Could this gospel be asking me to review my moral compass? Could it be asking us: who sets the boundaries between what is a good and what is a bad way to live? Where do I look to find the boundaries that can truly free me?
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    • These are part of the ‘hard sayings’ of Jesus, poising retribution to those who do not listen to those sent by Jesus. He singles out especially those who were privileged to observe his deeds. We have been especially privileged in having the benefit of the examples of martyrs and saints and the solid social structure of the Church to support our faith.
    • Ask the Lord to deepen your appreciation of the faith and the supports that the community of the Church affords us.
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    • We take great pride in our cities; we score and rank our favourite destinations. Jesus tells us to take care, not to be carried away by the admirable achievements of civilisation. Abundance of noise does not always communicate meaning; mass communication does not always uncover truth. Regardless of where I live is or what I admire, I pray that local pride might not distract me from what is really important.
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    • Jesus laments the fact that people reject the Good News despite all he does for them. The truth can be painful at times and challenging to hear. When we speak our truths and live our lives according to the teaching of Christ then we have chosen the better part and it cannot be taken away from us.
    • I come back to you God as your loving disciple, again and again, in all my sinfulness. But you do not ‘bring me down to Hades’. Instead you revive my drooping spirit as you enfold me in your loving forgiveness.
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    • I need to accept the Good News and the ‘deeds of power’ done by Jesus. Much has been given to enable me to accept him and his message: do I truly appreciate this gift of faith or take it for granted?
    • There is a strong sense of a living tradition here: ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me.’ Do I believe that the Church today, no matter how imperfectly, continues the mission and ministry of Christ Jesus, as he received it from his heavenly Father? This can demand great faith.
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    • I take some time to let these words of Jesus sink in; they may challenge as I realise how I am given responsibility and console considering the trust in me that Jesus expresses.
    • I do not have to feel personally affronted when others do not hear the Gospel as I do. I pray for those who do not realise the truth that God offers them.
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    • Lord, you have done deeds of power in my life. I did not always recognise them, or use the opportunities. As I end this month, I take confidence in the thought of you looking for the lost sheep, forgiving again and again, loving me as I am in my weakness.
    • Jesus entrusts his mission to the disciples, so that listening to them is like listening to him. He also promises that he will always be faithful to his disciples, that they are united like vine and branches. We are those disciples now, and through the community of his followers, Jesus spreads his gospel message today. Prayer is a time of offering ourselves as listeners to him, so that we have the meaning of the gospel and love of Jesus to share.
    • Jesus berates the people for not recognising him and listening to him. They had rejected him and his message. In many ways Jesus still 'speaks' to us - in the ordinary loves, challenges and events of today. Prayer creates within us a discerning heart so that we can hear the call of the Lord and sense the love of God in many different ways in the world.