Tuesday 17 July 2018

About Today Readings

Isaiah 7:1-9. Psalm 47(48):2-8. Matthew 11:20-24.

God upholds his city for ever—Psalm 47(48):2-8.

‘Pay attention and keep calm.’

The words that follow in Matthew’s Gospel have Jesus chastising the people of the lake towns in frightening tones. Why does he condemn them so harshly?

We often miss the importance of the preceding words: ‘He began to reproach the towns in which most of his miracles had been worked because they refused to repent.’ Day after day these people had watched Jesus cure the sick and forgive sinners. They had heard his patient teaching on how to live justly and faithfully. He wanted to bring the message of love to all people. Yet their hearts were hardened against him.

Will I have a change of heart today?

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