Reading I: Exodus 2:1-15a
Responsorial: Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24
Today's Gospel reading is harsh in that Jesus lets us know that repentance is necessary in order to reach heaven. In the Gospel, Jesus has been going from town to town and performing miracles. His reproach is directed to the people in these towns who saw the miracles and did not repent. Isn't it amazing that people were still critical and sceptical of miracles performed by Jesus...is there ever enough proof for the unbeliever, the sceptic at heart? St. Thomas Aquinas is quoted as saying “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
Jesus is still performing miracles in our daily lives...thus our attitude and repentance for our sins will determine our eternal health. Jesus is very clear in that there is a heaven and there is a hell...we will be judged upon our death and if our heart's disposition is full of repentance for our sins - then heaven's gates will be opened to us and we will be escorted into the heavenly realm. Sadly, the opposite is also true...for those who have a hardened heart, e.g., full of bitterness, envy, resentment...hell awaits these souls.
As we ponder today's reading, we have to remember to keep vigil on our heart's disposition to events that happen around us - do we see the miracles being performed? What is our response?