Gospel of Matthew 11:20-24 Reflection:
There is a stark warning in today’s Gospel: Jesus tells the cities and towns where he worked his miracles that their guilt is greater because they have seen the work of the Lord with their own eyes and rejected him. In a very real sense it is the same with us today. We have had 2000 years of Christian tradition and yet so many of us are behaving as though nothing had ever happened, as if all of Christian tradition counted for nothing.
We have formed the opinion that to know God is nonsense and that money, power and wealth are all that is important. We ignore all that we have seen and heard and been taught about God.
Another point about today’s Gospel is that once again Jesus is warning us about judgement. It is amazing how many times in scripture Jesus talks about judgement; we definitely cannot say we were not warned.
In the midst of this secular world what position should the Christian take?
Jesus did not come to condemn the world; the world is quite capable of doing that to itself. Neither should we condemn it. There is plenty of good going on all around us, millions upon millions of good deeds every day. We should look to these as signs of the Holy Spirit at work in the world since we know that every good action is done under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.