Search
  • acatholic

OCTOBER 1. Ord Time B. Wk 26. Fri. Lk 10. 13-16

Jesus said to his disciples:


‘Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. And still, it will not go as hard with Tyre and Sidon at the Judgement as with you. And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be exalted high as heaven? You shall be thrown down to hell.


‘Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me.’


This reading is preceded by Jesus giving instructions to the first seventy-two disciples he sent out now that he had told them he was going to Jerusalem; - where he would be put into the hands of men, die on a Cross, and rise again after three days; - the latter part of this message they failed to understand.


Today’s Gospel today is a continuation of those instruction where he indicates to the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida, if the miracles that had been done before their eyes had been done in Tyre and Sidon; - those towns would have repented long ago; - “in sackcloth and ashes!”


There is a lesson here for us, in that we need to learn from our own personal experiences in life, and change our ways. I frequently give thanks for all the blessings I have received from God, and the thought often crosses my mind; - how much more generously others might have responded; - if they had received the same gifts?


We certainly take God’s gifts for granted. Good health, comfortable living arrangements, family, our Faith, the Sacraments, the Eucharist, Mary our Mother, the gifts of the Church such as the Mass and Confession, our Baptism etc


These are genuine gifts from God our Father, but how often do we acknowledge this truth, and even more importantly, how often do we give thank for them? The truth is we take them for granted, and see them almost as our right; - but they are not a right! Quite the opposite, they are divine gifts to which we have no right; - and there are so many souls in the world who do not receive them!


And this is the point Christ is making today!


How others, if they had received the gifts I have received; - such as daily Mass and Eucharist for more than sixty years; - or eight years in Religions Life; - or excellent health; - how much more progress they might have made, compared to the mediocrity of my spiritual life?


And Jesus concludes today’s teaching with a reminder for his listeners; - “Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me!”


These clearly refer to the teachings given by the seventy-two disciples who were “sent out,” but for us today, they refer to the teachings of the Church; - teachings that do not receive the attention they deserve as we fail to see them as the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God!


Gospel Acclamation cf.Ps94:8


Alleluia, alleluia!

If today you hear his voice,

harden not your hearts.

Alleluia!


First reading Baruch 1:15-22 · We have been disobedient to the Lord our God


Integrity belongs to the Lord our God; to us the look of shame we wear today, to us, the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem, to our kings and princes, our priests, our prophets, as to our ancestors, because we have sinned in the sight of the Lord, have disobeyed him, and have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God telling us to follow the commandments which the Lord had ordained for us. From the day when the Lord brought our ancestors out of the land of Egypt until today we have been disobedient to the Lord our God, we have been disloyal, refusing to listen to his voice. And so the disasters, and the curse which the Lord pronounced through his servant Moses the day he brought our fathers out of Egypt to give us a land where milk and honey flow, have seized on us, disasters we experience today. Despite all the words of those prophets whom he sent us, we have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God, but, each following the dictates of his evil heart, we have taken to serving alien gods, and doing what is displeasing to the Lord our God.


Responsorial Psalm Psalm 78(79):1-5,8-9


For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.


O God, the nations have invaded your land,

they have profaned your holy temple.

They have made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.

They have handed over the bodies of your servants

as food to feed the birds of heaven

and the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.


For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.


They have poured out blood like water in Jerusalem;

no one is left to bury the dead.

We have become the taunt of our neighbours,

the mockery and scorn of those who surround us.

How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever;

how long will your anger burn like fire?


For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.


Do not hold the guilt of our fathers against us.

Let your compassion hasten to meet us;

we are left in the depths of distress.


For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.


O God our saviour, come to our help.

Come for the sake of the glory of your name.

O Lord our God, forgive us our sins;

rescue us for the sake of your name.


For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.


COMMENT.


The first reading today deals with an obvious truth that we spend a lot of time refusing to acknowledge; - namely that despite our vocation as Christians (followers of Jesus Christ) we constantly fail to live up to his teachings!


"Integrity belongs to the Lord or God; - but to us the look of shame we wear today!"


The only reason we are conscious of our shame is the fact that 'we have sinned' - 'we have disobeyed him' - and 'we have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God!; - 'each following the dictates of our hearts' and 'we have taken to serving alien gods' and 'done what is displeasing to the Lord!


It would be hard to articulate our failings today any better than how Baruch did it in the Old Testament; - a truth we should hang our heads in shame over; - although, if we acknowledge our status as sinners we should not be surprised.


The reason for our status, and our failure to overcome sin, is that we trust in ourselves, rather than turning to our God, with humble hearts, and petitioning him and trusting him; - rather than our own 'ability' and 'wisdom' which we do trust in!


And look at how this is all brought together in the Responsorial Psalm; - "If today you hear his voice; - harden not your hearts". His voice that calls us to 'Learn from me'; - his voice that asks us to "Follow me" ' His voice that asks us to 'Come to Me', his voice that asks us to 'have Faith in me!" But what we do instead is to trust in ourselves; - even though we admit to being sinners?


SUMMARY


We see this all summarised when we go to today's Gospel. Alas for you; - Alas for you! If the gifts given to you had been given to other sinners they would have repented long ago. And still, it will not go as hard for them at the Judgement as for you!


"For the Glory of your name deliver us!"


'






0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

NOVEMBER 27. Ord Time B. Wk 34. Sat. Lk.21 34-36

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it

NOVEMBER 26 Ord Time B. Wk 34. Fri. Lk 21. 29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable: ‘Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So, with you when you see these things happening: know

NOVEMBER 25. Ord Time (B) Wk 34. Thu. Lk 21. 20-28

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you must realise that she will soon be laid desolate. Then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains, those inside the cit