Tuesday 18 July 2017

About Today Readings

Exodus 2:1-15. Psalm 68(69):3, 14, 30-31, 33-34. Matthew 11:20‑24.

Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live — Psalm 68(69):3, 14, 30-31, 33-34.

‘He began to reproach the cities…because they did not repent.’

It was in ‘his own city’, his adopted Capernaum, that Jesus began to ‘say and do’. So he began his ministry of teaching and healing—the servant of the centurion, the ruler’s son, the man with palsy, Peter’s mother-in-law, and so many others. Capernaum was chosen by Jesus as his very own, with a touching human preference.

It is terrible, therefore, to hear him denounce it for its unbelief, its indifference, for opportunities not seized.

I, too, Lord, am the object of your deliberate choice.

You have chosen me to know you and your love and for the working in me the wonders of your grace. Let me not be another Capernaum, deserving your condemnation for indifference bred of sloth or weariness, or for hardness of heart born of lukewarmness.

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