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From: Matthew 11:20-24

Jesus Reproaches People for Their Unbelief


[20] Then He (Jesus) began to upbraid the cities where most of His mighty works
had been done, because they did not repent. [21] “Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to
you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Si-
don, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. [22] But I tell
you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for
you. [23] And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to Heaven? You shall be
brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in
Sodom, it would have remained until this day. [24] But I tell that it shall be more
tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

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Commentary:

21-24. Chorazin and Bethsaida were thriving cities on the northern shore of the
lake of Gennesaret, not very far from Capernaum. During His public ministry Je-
sus often preached in these cities and worked any miracles there; in Capernaum
He revealed His teaching about the Blessed Eucharist (cf. John 6:51ff). Tyre, Si-
don, Sodom and Gomorrah, the main cities of Phoenicia — all notorious for loose
living — were classical examples of divine punishment (cf. Ezekiel 26-28; Isaiah
23).

Here Jesus is pointing out the ingratitude of people who could know Him but who
refuse to change: on the day of Judgment (verses 22 and 24) they have more ex-
plaining to do: “Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required”
(Luke 12:48).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


4 posted on 07/14/2014 8:31:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass


First reading

Isaiah 7:1-9 ©

In the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Razon the king of Aram went up against Jerusalem with Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, to lay siege to it; but he was unable to capture it.

  The news was brought to the House of David. ‘Aram’ they said ‘has reached Ephraim.’ Then the heart of the king and the hearts of the people shuddered as the trees of the forest shudder in front of the wind. The Lord said to Isaiah, ‘Go with your son Shear-jashub, and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the Fuller’s Field road, and say to him:

‘“Pay attention, keep calm, have no fear,

do not let your heart sink

because of these two smouldering stumps of firebrands,

or because Aram, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah

have plotted to ruin you, and have said:

Let us invade Judah and terrorise it

and seize it for ourselves,

and set up a king there,

the son of Tabeel.

The Lord says this:

It shall not come true; it shall not be.

The capital of Aram is Damascus,

the head of Damascus, Razon;

the capital of Ephraim, Samaria,

the head of Samaria, the son of Remaliah.

Six or five years more

and a shattered Ephraim shall no longer be a people.

But if you do not stand by me,

you will not stand at all.”’


Psalm

Psalm 47:2-8 ©

God upholds his city for ever.

The Lord is great and worthy to be praised

  in the city of our God.

His holy mountain rises in beauty,

  the joy of all the earth.

God upholds his city for ever.

Mount Zion, true pole of the earth,

  the Great King’s city!

God, in the midst of its citadels,

  has shown himself its stronghold.

God upholds his city for ever.

For the kings assembled together,

  together they advanced.

They saw; at once they were astounded;

  dismayed, they fled in fear.

God upholds his city for ever.

A trembling seized them there,

  like the pangs of birth.

By the east wind you have destroyed

  the ships of Tarshish.

God upholds his city for ever.


Gospel Acclamation

Ps118:24

Alleluia, alleluia!

Train me, Lord, to observe your law,

to keep it with my heart.

Alleluia!

Or

Ps94:8

Alleluia, alleluia!

Harden not your hearts today,

but listen to the voice of the Lord.

Alleluia!


Gospel

Matthew 11:20-24 ©

Jesus began to reproach the towns in which most of his miracles had been worked, because they refused to repent.

  ‘Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And still, I tell you that it will not go as hard on Judgement day with Tyre and Sidon as with you. And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be exalted as high as heaven? You shall be thrown down to hell. For if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have been standing yet. And still, I tell you that it will not go as hard with the land of Sodom on Judgement day as with you.’


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