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Woes to Unrepentant Cities, Luke 10:13-16

When the seventy were on their mission to proclaim repentance, a number of cities rejected them. Chorazin, Bethsaid, and Capernaum were Jewish cities; Tyre and Sidon were non-Jewish cities. Jesus' words were harsh for Jewish cities that had behaved more miserably than the non-Jewish cities. The ones who thought they were exalted were, in fact, behaving worse than the ones they reviled.

How easy it is for us to point our fingers, condemning others when we, ourselves, have failed to live as expected. It is said that the thing we despise in others is often the thing we despise most about ourselves, but are unable to see it within ourselves. Knowing this makes for an interesting perspective on life. When I find myself irritated at someone, I try to identify just what is irritating me about them. Then I look inward to see if it's something I deeply hate about myself. When I get irritated, for example, that someone is judgmental, condemning another for any number of reasons, I look inside myself and see that I am as judgmental as anyone else. Maybe more so. If I can be gentle enough to forgive myself for my own judgment, I find it easier to forgive others for theirs. It's a difficult practice, but well worth the effort.

Text:

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”