Faith Daily |13 July 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p561
O Lord, we beseech you
mercifully to receive the prayers of your people
who call upon you,
and grant that they may both perceive and know
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power
faithfully to fulfill them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 11: 20-24
20Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. 21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Anne MacRonald
These words are difficult to read. Jesus reproached the people of the cities for refusing to believe in him. This despite the wonders they had seen him work. It would seem that their pride would not allow them to recognise Jesus.
Often when Jesus worked miracles the onlookers faith was not deepened. Crowd scenes caused hysteria but not always faith. At times he was seen as an entertainer.
Jesus showed anger and condemnation for the pride and arrogance of those who blocked his teaching. But to human weakness and struggle he showed compassion and understanding.
If my prayer is real not only will I meet a gentle Jesus but will be expected to take responsibility for facing truth and justice in any situation in daily life.
It is easy to read the gentle sayings of love and peace. Harsh words directed to me and our society’s way of life unsettle us and call for an adequate response.
It can be easy to “go with the flow” and not rock the boat.
I pray for my society and ask for direction to see what part I can play as a responsible person.
FINAL PRAYER: Michael Leunig "A Common Prayer"
God give us rain when we expect sun.
Give us music when we expect trouble.
Give us tears when we expect breakfast.
Give us dreams when we expect a storm.
Give us a stray dog when we expect congratulations.
God play with us, turn us sideways and around.