Friday of the Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time ‘c’
Too often we take for granted the things that we are blessed with. We get used to having electricity, an internet, warm water, a bed to sleep in, a roof above our heads, and many other things. Only when those things are taken away from us, do we start appreciating them. I think it is similar when it comes to our religion, especially the sacraments, the church, ministries, and other services available to us. Many of us take for granted things like -- for example -- having mass each Sunday, and Holy Communion we can receive, and the other sacraments, and priests and people in our community. However, I’d bet that if those things were taken away from us, we would miss them, appreciate them more, and recognize how important they for us. Remember what happened during the pandemic when the churches were closed to us? I am saying this because today Jesus reminds us that we need to be thankful for what we have and start appreciating them more. Jesus warns the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida saying: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.” We are like people of Chorazin and Bethsaida since many mighty deeds are happening in our midst; we just need to recognize them and be thankful that we have them.