Jesus preached and performed many miracles in Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida in Galilee. But very few received his message and repented, despite his many great deeds.
We may no longer worship false gods and images, as the ancient Greeks and Romans did; but we do have many gods in our lives- money and success, power and prestige, the approval of others and our own self-esteem, sex and drugs – the list goes on. The evil one is very good in turning what may be good in itself into idols to replace God in our lives. In pursuing these, we may be shutting out the voice and values of Christ in our lives.
Despite the many good things and talents God has given us, we can forget about him in our pursuit of these false gods and values. We can be so attached to our own will and “success” that we forget God’s will and values.
Let us heed the warning of Jesus in the Gospel reading, that we may discern God and his actions in our lives, repent and keep his commandments.