Matthew 11: 20-24
Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Today I will read nos. 1783-1785 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Matthew 11: 20-24
God our Father, you are my shelter against the burning heat of the day and the storms
of life. I know and I believe that I can count on your help when I stumble, that you will catch me
when I fall and guide my steps firmly in faith toward the promise of eternal
Jesus, help me to seek you with a sincere heart.
Blessings and Responsibility:
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and
still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more (cf. Luke 12:48). With every blessing
comes a degree of responsibility. The mighty deeds worked in these towns were not seen by everyone
in Israel, let alone the world. Therefore, those who do see them have a greater responsibility than
those who do not. Jesus reproaches them so as to awaken them from their stupor. Since the miracles
have not moved them to a deeper faith, then perhaps the reminder that they will one day be
answerable to God might. Do I need a similar fear of punishment to drive me from my sins, or am I
more focused on pleasing God in the details of my life?
2. The Goal is
The goal of all of Jesus' signs is to bring about a change of heart. Even in the
Old Testament, the signs and wonders worked by Yahweh were intended to elicit a response of faith
and trust from Israel. The danger for Israel, as for Jesus' listeners and for us, is to become
accustomed to these signs and to demand more signs, thus losing sight of their purpose – a
redirection of our life from self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness. Like Herod, we want to be
dazzled by Jesus' miracles, but we do not want to change our lives. Jesus never works a miracle in
order to impress, but only to convert a heart back to God or to bring it into deeper union with
3. Reward or Punishment:
We can learn a great deal from this strong phrase:
Firstly, that we will be judged for our actions and our omissions; secondly, that judgment from God
has varying degrees. Since God sees and knows perfectly, the judgment will be objective; those who
knew less will be judged less strictly. In other words, Sodom, Tyre and Sidon will indeed be judged,
but according to natural law and not according to Christian faith, which they did not have access to
at the time. Finally, but not exhaustively, we can deduce that there will be different gradations in
heaven and hell according to how well our actions corresponded to what we knew to be true and good.
This knowledge should stimulate us to be more generous with God and more centered on things that are
above. Our Lord will handsomely reward our smallest good deed.
Dear Lord, open my eyes to the constant workings of your grace in my life. Never
allow me to become complacent or to undervalue the tremendous gift of faith in my life. Thank you
for reminding me of the importance of my daily decisions. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for
Today I will read nos. 1783-1785 from the Catechism of the