We all face many different trials in life—deaths, sickness and pain, failures and rejections, broken relationships and lives. In the midst of these trials God continues his presence for us through other people who help us, through his grace and inspiration in prayer. Understandably many times we fail to see his presence with us.
Both readings today speak of man rejecting God. In the first reading the prophet acknowledges evil inflicted on Israel for their infidelity and disobedience to their covenanted God. In the Gospel reading Jesus bewails Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, towns where Jesus taught and performed so many miracles and good works, for not believing in Jesus and his message: “Will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead.”
Speaking to his disciples and really to people of all times, Jesus says, “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me; and he who rejects me, rejects the One who sent me.”
Are we anxious to listen to God?