Tuesday, July 17, 2018

To Appreciate

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 in sackcloth and ashes. Matthew 11

Some years a go a visiting scholar remarked in a presentation to us that not being appreciated was one of the most painful experiences for anyone living in community. As we hear Jesus' words in today's Gospel, we can detect his real sadness and disappointment. What are the wonderful deeds the Lord Jesus has worked on our behalf that we have failed to appreciate with fitting gratitude?

Photograph of a field behind an old Abbey barn by Father Emmanuel.