15th Week in Ord. Time, Wednesday – 15th
July 2020 — Gospel: Mt 11,25-27
Confidence in God’s knowledge
In these verses Jesus responds to the growing hostility with prayer and praise to his Father. After denouncing the three villages for not coming to Him in faith and repentance, Jesus seeks comfort in the sovereignty of God. He trusts His Father saying, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” The second part of this phrase is a Hebraic idiom for physical creation, which affirms God as creator of all things. Interestingly there are many references in the NT that assert Jesus as the Father’s agent in creation (John 1,3.10; 1 Cor 8,6; Col 1,16; Heb 1,2; 2,10). Jesus knows who he is and from whom the authority has been entrusted to Him. His confidence in the knowledge of his Father’s exceptional love reveals many things about the divine to humanity. He is a mediator, the window through which our human hearts can know God. Through him we continue to discover God’s unconditional love for each of us. He reminds us to keep turning to the Father, expressing praise, awe and thanksgiving for all that he gives and does for us.
15th Week in Ord. Time, Tuesday – 14th
July 2020 — Gospel: Mt 11:20-24
Authority of Judgment
Jesus’ words of condemnation most
strikingly bring out his authority. These are not the words of an ordinary
teacher, but of one who is Lord. Here the emphasis lies on the recognition of
his mighty deeds, which is repeated thrice in this short passage. Jesus spent a
good deal of His first year of preaching in the cities of Korazin, Bethsaida,
and Capernaum and other towns. He came proclaiming to the world that He was the
Messiah. And He did most of His mighty works in this area to authenticate His
claims. The people were glad to listen to Jesus, they were delighted that He
healed so many of them, and they were pleased to be fed when He multiplied the
food. Indeed, Jesus bore witness to them
in words and works. Yet, they were not convinced of His messianic deeds. They
rejected His call for repentance that laments sinfulness and seeks forgiveness.
Therefore Jesus laments over these stubborn hearts. He finds no comfort because
of their ingratitude, indifference, and rejection. And with the authority of
the judge of the whole world, He declared the impending doom because of sin.