Jesus Pronounces Woes On Galilean Cities

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

Jesus’ ministry took him to many villages, towns and cities, often accompanied by his disciples. He taught in the Temples and courts, urging people to repent and follow his Gospel message. He removed unclean spirits, healed the sick and even raised the dead back to life.

Quote: Freedom of Choice

Sadly, his work was not always successful. Although many people joyfully commended him for his teaching and miraculous works, they did not always repent or reform their way of life as Jesus had taught and hoped.

Once, he openly criticised the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum where he had performed many good deeds but they hadn’t listened. He said, “Woe to you, if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon (two other cities in Lebanon), they would have repented long ago… It will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you!” (Matthew 11:20-24, Luke 10:12-15)

Thought

Hearing the word of God is not the same as doing! Doing is living as God asks, through our thoughts, words and actions; the choice is ours.

Reflection

Lord Jesus, remove my anxiety and earthly distractions. Help me to discern only what is necessary to follow your ways. Amen.

Prayer: Working (Jacob Boehme)

Give me, dear Lord, a pure heart and a wise mind,
that I may carry out my work according to your will.
Save me from all false desires,
from pride, greed, envy and anger,
and let me accept joyfully every task you set before me.

Let me seek to serve the poor
the sad and those unable to work.
Help me to discern honestly my own gifts
that I may do the things of which I am capable,
and happily and humbly leave the rest to others.

Above all, remind me constantly that I have nothing except what you give me,
and can do nothing except what you enable me to do.