GETTING PAST THE NOSE
Tuesday in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Scriptural Readings: Exodus 2:1-15a; Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34; Matthew 11:20-24
My dear encountered couples:
Jesus apparently performed a lot of miracles in the towns of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. But the people refused to listen to his teachings and reform their lives. They probably liked the miracles but didn’t get beyond their outward appearance to the meaning that was in them. They missed out on the love and the authority of God in Jesus that was shown by his miracles. And so, we are told that “Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his miracles had been worked, with their failure to reform.”
Jesus does things in our towns too, in our homes and lives. He tries to reach us and teach us through everyday happenings, through all our experiences. But we are often so busy and distracted that we don’t have the time, or we don’t take the time to get beneath the surface of what happens in our lives.
I suspect there is much we miss that is in them. It takes thought and effort to find hidden meanings in things, it takes strong will and courage to benefit from the meaning when we do discover it.
The people of those three towns where Jesus performed most of his miracles were probably busy too. Maybe they didn’t take time to think beyond what they saw.
Let us try not to make that mistake too often. Let’s become more aware of what is happening in our lives and see if God might be telling us something? And if he is, are we going to do anything about it? It seems that those people didn’t. Too bad for them.