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The good news for the day July 12

Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time (390)

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his significant actions had taken place, because they had failed to change their ways. “It is too bad for you, Chorazin! Too bad for you, Bethsaida! If the significant actions that had taken place among you had happened in Tyre and Sidon, those places would long ago have done differently—they would have showed dramatic signs of change. But I am telling you: it will be more acceptable for Tyre and Sidon in the end than for you. …and as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?

You will go to an underground grave,

because, if the significant actions done among you had occurred in Sodom, it would have remained till today. But I am telling you, it will be more acceptable for the land of Sodom in the end than for you.” (Matthew 11)

These towns are people. Do not think of their wood and plaster, stone and cement. No, think instead of your friends, your circle, your community—young people who celebrate themselves, old men puttering in garages, children running noisily, a housewife cooking and chatting as she kneads bread—the people you know, real ones.

What did these small town people do that was so wrong? They ignored signs. They did not see—much less appreciate. They saw something different, and denied it was different. They chose a small self-enclosed life to the larger Life—the mutual care that Jesus offers. They were blind—the people chose blindness—denying the wealth of the world around them—its beauty and poetry, its challenges and needs, and its mutual healing and caring—what comes with forgiveness and the courage to admit wrong.

The Good News—to cheer you today—is that YOU welcome what you see, you notice significance; you choose openness—to rejoice quietly as you respond. Your heart is not stone, indifferent to the world. Your very heart and soul look and see what is important—to grow in love, to grow in faith.

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