Frustrations of Jesus

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The WORD in other words (2022) by Fr Gerry Donato SVD – Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies, Tagaytay City

Tuesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

We all experience frustration few times during the day. We express it when a particular expectation, or plan, or need is not realized or accomplished.

Usually, teachers get frustrated when students don’t come up to the expectation of good grades and pleasant behavior inside the classroom.

Perhaps, this is how Jesus felt in today’s Gospel. He rather found himself “frustrated” when his listeners didn’t come out the way he expected them to be. There were those who listened to him. Some confessed their sins and asked for forgiveness. But some others simply didn’t care to repent and change for the better from their sinfulness and evil ways.

I believe that the Lord vented his frustration in today’s Gospel on the people of “Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum.” And so he said: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! … And as for you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.” What does the gospel mean for us?

It is possible that the Lord is also expressing these same frustrations and warnings to us. How well have we really responded to the call and challenge of Jesus in the Gospel? Is God happy in the way we are living our Christian life today?

Many times we have probably caused “frustration and sadness” too to our Lord. God is so frustrated with us if we are not honest in the work entrusted to us. God is so frustrated with us if we fail to forgive others and exercise compassion and mercy to those in need. There is no room for indifference in practicing our Christian life. Our Christian faith is a big responsibility that needs nourishing and taking care of. Can we do it?

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