Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Tuesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time 6-12-2021
Tuesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 11:20-24Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time | USCCB
“WOE” IS A WARNING – TURN AROUND.
The words of Jesus, “Woe to you, Chorazin, and Bethsaida,” sound very harsh. But in reality, Jesus is giving a concerned warning. It is a fearful warning of what could happen to someone driving in the wrong direction on the interstate. Drivers honking their horns and flashing their lights are trying to say, “Stop! Turn around! Now!”
Are they commanding the person driving in the wrong direction to turn around? No. They are warning them very excitedly to turn around. It’s an alarm that nothing else is more important. Great harm can happen if they don’t change direction. It seemed that no matter how many miracles Jesus performed, His benevolent generous acts failed to change people’s hearts. They continue to live the way they did before Jesus entered their towns.
“Woe to you” is an expression of the sorrowful pity Jesus had for people and sometimes has for us. It is the deep sorrow a parent carries in their heart when their child is addicted to drugs or destructive behaviors. All the good the parent did for the child is forgotten. It’s hard for the parent to imagine what could happen to their son or daughter if they continue down a dangerous road.
Jesus is never angry with us when we abuse His gifts and refuse to repent for our sins. Instead, we console the heart of Jesus whenever we examine our conscience in His Truth and allow His love and mercy to change our lives forever. So have no fear of turning around.
IGNITE THE FIRE!
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC