July 12, 2016


The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 11:20-24

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“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 in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the nether world.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”


Reflection (Sem. Maximilian B. Estayo)

I experienced a major rejection prior to entering the seminary. That was when I talked to a bishop whether he would be willing to accommodate me to his diocese. His reply was a resounding no, for the reason that given my age, I might become a liability for the diocese later on. That hurt me a lot, but then another diocese gladly welcomed me.

I can imagine the frustration of the Lord Jesus when His preaching was rebuffed by Chorazin and Bethsaida as we read it in today’s Gospel. For their hard-headedness, He warned them to expect a chastisement worse than other more sinful cities would get. Indeed, they committed a far greater error.

In my current life as a seminarian, I get a lot of instructions and reprimands so that I can be a more productive member of the community and make the most out of my formation. I admit that I do not always see the benefit and sometimes I complain. However, I still submit myself to all of that because my own experience of being rejected and being accepted tells me reward await those who endure and persevere.

Jesus’ disciplining might not be palatable but He only has my best interest in His heart. So, I must welcome it wholeheartedly because if I do not take it, somebody else will get it and with it, the prize of obedience.