Bible Verse of the Day – Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
20 Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.Matthew 11:20-24, Luke 10:13-16
23 … Capernaum, Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld. For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
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Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflections
Well, Jesus is talking today, not to Capernaum, but to us. This is because our way of life and attitude towards the Good News from Jesus are just like those of Capernaum or even worse.
Now, let’s revisit the reason why we were created. We were created to know, love, serve, praise and glorify God all the days of our life. Then after we were created, we digressed from this Holy course and started worshipping other things that we found already created by God here on earth. Some of those towns that had this predicament were Sodom and Gomorrah. God got angry and destroyed it completely with fire, reason being, instead of worshipping God, they worshipped small and insignificant things that in the first place had been created by God.
Then God said He will not destroy us again before we are reminded why He created us. That is Why He sent Jesus to bring these Good News that God is the only God we should know, love, serve, praise and glorify.
Now, for Jesus to manifest the power, love and presence of God, He came and did many mighty deeds like healing the sick, chasing away demons, raising the dead and God surely manifested Himself.
The people of Capernaum, just like us today, did not repent and go back to God, instead, they ignored Jesus despite all those things He did to make God known to them. That is why Jesus told them, and is telling us today, that when He will come to judge the living and the dead on the last day, and it will be worse for the unrepentant sinners that what Sodom experienced.
So, the facts are like this;
1) God wants us to repent and go back to loving, serving, praising and glorifying Him.
2) There will be the last day when the righteous ones will go to Heaven and the unrepentant sinners will burn in Gehenna.
3) We should not worship small minute and trivial things like money, wealth, power etc, we should raise our scope and worship their creator who is God.
Let us, therefore, understand our purpose here on earth. Let us do what Jesus commands us to do so that we can live happily ever after praising God in heaven together with the communion of Angels and Saints instead of burning in the fiery Gehenna.
Prayer: Dear God, we pray that You keep reminding us our purpose for which You created us. Give us strength to overcome the worldly temptations which can make us drift from Your Holy Will for us. Amen.
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