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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Tuesday 15th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 11,20-24): Jesus began to denounce the cities in which He had performed most of his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways, «Alas for you Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes (…)».


Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench (Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we are much astounded at Jesus’ grievance. We can almost imagine Jesus Christ —Infinite Mercy— execrating these cities. But it is not anger as much as a cry of divine grief, because human hearts are rejecting God’s love.

Conversion is a must in our lives, because we are weak: we are "tainted" with the original sin! We should admit that we find it difficult to assume doing good and, consequently, we commit offenses. It is therefore reasonable to rectify, to convert oneself and ask our brothers and our Lord for forgiveness. If we do not do it, then, we perceive no more the love of a God that never stops loving.

—O Lord, I know you will never forsake me, not even when I offend You. Grant me a noble heart so that I do not fool myself into hiding my guilt. Give me the "courage" to let you forgive me. Do not let me get away from you because of lack of penance. I want rest in your mercy.