Friday: 5 October, 2012 –– 26th Week in Ordinary Time
Hearing and Doing
[Adapted from a John Michael Talbot reflection]
Jesus rebukes these three towns because he had been among them to teach and work God's wonders, but they did not repent and turn back to God. Those three towns eventually ended up as ruins; the archeological digs can be visited today. Capernaum was Jesus’ ministry base in Galilee. It was the home of Peter and many of the first disciples were fishermen there, yet today it is completely uninhabited except by tourists and pilgrims.
Just having Jesus close by is not enough. He can even work miracles among us and we can know his teachings, but if we do not really turn to God his presence can actually work against us. When much is given, much is expected in return.
Many people today have Jesus close by in their local church or in a family of committed believers. But unless there is a personally surrender to Christ, that will not give lasting benefit. Like those villages Jesus rebukes, lives can end up a complete ruin.
Are we really surrendering to Jesus, or is He just "close by?" Let’s not only be hearers of the Word, but doers.