Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Reflection for Friday October 4, Saint Francis of Assisi, Luke 10:13-16

Gospel: Luke 10:13-16
Jesus said to them, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?

You will go down to the netherworld.’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.
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My Reflection:
Obviously the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum were stone hearted. They did not listen to the call of Jesus for them to repent.

There really are people who are like them. No matter how we try to help them and no matter how hard we gently speak to them. They will not walk away from their sinfulness they will really not hear us. This is perhaps the mystery of human psychology, God comes to us yet we refuse Him. Or we are given advice by those who are concerned for our welfare yet we refuse to hear them.    

So for those who refuse to hear the wisdom of God and the wise counsel of the people around them. Be prepared for the consequences for there are really consequences for those who refuse to hear. But why wait for the price of our hard headedness to befall us?  Why don’t we listen and walk away from our sinfulness?

Let us repent while we still have time and let us humbly ask Jesus to forgive us of all our sins while we still have time. The best vehicle for us to do this is to humbly submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Let us remember that life is short and fragile. …  

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