The Gospel reading reminds us that we will be judged according to the opportunities we have had to respond to Jesus` invitation to conversion in our lives. The people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum had been gifted with Jesus doing ministry in their midst. They heard the good news and experienced His many miracles. In other words they had been given much; they had experienced much! Yet their response was not at all proportionate to the numerous opportunities they had been given. The people who heard the gospel here responded with indifference. They took it all for granted. They remained set in they ways of being and doing. Jesus rebukes them for their lack of repentance.
Repentance demands a radical change of heart and way of life. It is a life long process that we need to committ ourselves to on a daily basis. Repentance directs us to be purposefull in our thoughts, words and actions. The Word of God is life-giving and it saves us from destruction of body and soul. However, the manner in which we respond to this Word will determine where we spend eternity.
Now what about us? Have we grown indifferent? Haven`t we heard the Word? Don`t we experiences miracles both big and small on a daily basis? Don`t most of us have the opportunity to encounter Jesus daily in the Eucharist? Don`t we have the Sacraments? If Jesus were to visit our community, city, town or country today, what would he say? Would He issue a warning like the one he gave to Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum? How would we respond? We all have Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum attitudes in us. We hear the Word but do we allow it to penetrate our innermost being?
In our day, there are persons who want religion to fit into their tastes, satisfy their wants or make them feel comfortable. However, when it calls for seroius personal reflection and ultimately conversion, it no longer fits into their scheme of things and they reject it.
Jesus continues to reach out to us. In love, He invites us to walk in His way of truth and freedom, justice and holiness. He does not want anyone of us to be lost. Therefore, He calls us to rid ourselves of everything that prevents us from doing the will of God.