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Gospel of Tuesday Ordinary Time Week XV. Cycle B. July 17, 2012.
† From the Gospel according to Matthew 11, 20-24
Glory to you, Lord.
“The day of judgment will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon and Sodom than for you”
At that time Jesus began to reproach the cities where he had made almost all his miracles, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin, woe to you, Bethsaida! If in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought the miracles that you, long ago would have become covered with sackcloth and ashes. I tell you the day of judgment will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, do you think climbing the sky? will go down into the abyss . For if in Sodom had been wrought the miracles that you would have lasted until today. I tell you the day of judgment will be more tolerable for Sodom than for you. “
Word of the Lord.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus.
The Bible shows us how the relationship between God and his people is governed by an alliance or pact. The purpose of this alliance is to create conditions religious, political and social opportunity for a full life. Like any alliance has some requirements whose violation would lead to disaster. The role of prophets is to help people to be aware of the implications of these requirements, so always ensure compliance with this covenant. Along with this offer of salvation is the threat of foreclosure. The call that Jesus makes is part of the prophetic tradition that channels the people in the ways of salvation. The prophetic signs of healing and exorcism by Jesus whose function is to show the power that God has to save his people, but also the inevitable judgment that comes when not assume the conditions of justice and freedom that this partnership requires. Miracles are not only spectacular actions, but authentic prophetic signs that call for the conversion. – What does Jesus call us today and how we understand the dynamics of salvation and judgment in our own history?