The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Julius De Gracia):
“DOMINO EFFECT IN HEARING THE FAITH”
“He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me, rejects him who sent.”
Our mission to evangelize others is rooted in Jesus Christ himself and our linked is the Catholic Church that was founded by Jesus Christ himself through the Apostles. Accordingly, we share in this mission of evangelization by virtue of our baptism. There is a call and invitation and it requires a response, specifically an immediate response – for the one that is calling is Jesus Christ himself, the giver of gift and the gift himself.
A father is hurt whenever his children does not obey his instructions and still the children do whatever they want. A wife is disheartened if the husband continues to be unfaithful to her in many ways despite constant warnings and numerous forgiving. A teacher is dismayed if instructions and lessons are not retained resulting to low score and failure to some. With all the shortcomings ultimately, we find ourselves weeping and dismayed because we have not listened or obeyed. As a result there is a feeling of hurt, relationship tarnished and expectation shattered.
The gospel in the latter part of it speaks of our receptivity or attitude toward the message of Jesus in our lives and its effects. I call it the domino effect since every single decision and choice of either good or bad has its effects and consequences.
Brothers and sisters in the faith, come to think of this; “There is nothing God can do if we do not want to listen and heed his call of holiness to each one of us, (our freedom), but when we die and is asked what have we done to the very life God shared with us, then we can do nothing in terms of whatever God will do to us. (domino effect)”
You are happy perhaps this very moment, feeling blessed and is at peace. Look back and thank Jesus in the Eucharist wherein you were able to respond positively to his call of holiness and have chosen to live a moral life. If on the other hand we feel down and guilty, sad and/or depressed, it is perhaps we did not listened to God and have not obeyed his Word in the scriptures as proclaimed by mother the Church.
But it’s not too late, God is waiting and is very eager to forgive us this very day, and thereby grant us conversion, that is if, and only if you are willing to choose to ask for forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and for us to listen and to obey Him all the days of our lives.