Fr. Sanctus Mario
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When We Harden Our Hearts. Tuesday 15th Week Ordinary Time

Breakfast With the Word Tuesday 15th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B

 

 

Matthew 11:20-24.

 

 

Today the world is in chaos. Today, evil keeps increasing. We can see that many people are losing their faith. It is now looking as if sinful lives and unfaithfulness are taking the upper hand. The things of God are being neglected and downplayed. Despite God’s mercy and love, yet man has repaid God with the hardness of heart. 

 

When we harden our hearts towards God, it shows that we are telling God that His words are not relevant to us. 

Many people will always come out to tell you that they love God but neglect His words. 

When we become the first to be in front of the church pews yet harden our hearts to God’s word, then we are playing God. That is the concern of Jesus today. 

 

 

 

The Condemnation by Jesus.

 

 

1. Today, Jesus publicly denounces and condemns all the places He worked for the hardening of their hearts. 

We know Jesus as someone who always heals and saves. He always has mercy and grants forgiveness to whoever asks for it. Today, what we hear from Him is “woe”. An indication that this must have hurt Him so much. 

Jesus publicly condemns them for hardening their hearts. An indication that we can invite condemnation when we also turn our hearts away from God and refuse to repent. 

 

 

2. “Woe” in Greek is obviously a word that means pain. It means ” ouvai. ” This is the sound that someone makes when evil happens or when they are hurt deeply. 

It shows that the hardening of the heart is evil and a way we hurt the merciful heart of Jesus. Therefore, when we harden our hearts, we offend and hurt Jesus Christ. It is like someone who loves you and comes to you to help and advise you, but you turn your back on Him. This attitude can hurt. 

 

 

3. “Woe to you” could mean “shame to you”. So when Jesus says “alas for you”, Chorazin, Bethsaida, He is saying, “shame, grief, sorrow, misery, terrible calamity is awaiting you Chorazin, Bethsaida”. 

When the Israelites hardened their hearts at Meribah, even after seeing His mighty works, God was angry with them for forty years and declared that none of the people enters the promised land.

 In Psalm 95:8-11, God says; Do not harden your hearts, as you did at Meribah, as you did on that day at Massah in the desert when your fathers tested me, they tried me, though they saw my work. For forty years. I was angry with that generation; I said they are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways. So I declared an oath in my anger that they shall never enter my rest”. 

Therefore, when we harden our hearts to God, we also invite condemnation upon ourselves. When we keep to our sinful manners, we may invite His anger and wrath.

The question for us then is; How many times do we hear and harden our hearts?

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 How many times do we neglect God to continue in our sinful manners? 

Why do we always decide to turn our hearts away from God? Despite the many things He has done for us, why do we harden our hearts? 

When we harden our hearts is a decision not to make God happy. Let us repent today and go for confession.

 

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The Reason For the Condemnation.

 

 

This condemnation today is because Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum were the places, Jesus performed most of His miracles.

It is an indication that when God is doing a mighty thing around us. He expects us to see what He does for us as a sign that God is real and true to His word. And as such will draw us more to Him than away from Him. 

Hence, when we harden our hearts to Him, it hurts. Only the life that we have every day is enough for daily thanksgiving. Yet, we do as if living is by our power and strength. 

 

 

2. Jesus says that at the end, God will show no mercy to Capernaum if she refuses to repent. 

Most of the miracles Jesus performs is in Capernaum. It is a pointer that total neglect of God and refusal to repent, despite His mercy and love, are the routes to eternal damnation. 

 

We have to know that truly, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus ( Romans 8:1). Jesus is not proclaiming the final judgment on us yet. We still have the chance to turn back to Him.  We have the time now to repent.

Condemnation comes when we harden our hearts and think there is more time to repent.The time to change and turn to God is now. 

 

 

 

May God have mercy on us and give us the grace to continually come close to Him. Amen

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54 Comments
  1. Charles Ndubuisi says

    Ame.
    May the Grace and Mercy of God continue to Abide in Us

  2. Ugwuanyi Juliet says

    God bless you

  3. ogochukwu says

    Amen

  4. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  5. Ozoegwu Onyinye Clare Okoro says

    Amen 🙏

  6. Ugwumgbor Odinaka says

    Amen

  7. Blessing Chilo says

    Amen. Thank you Lord for your loving kindness. Oh! That today we listened to your word, help us not to harden our hearts

  8. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Lord Jesus! Please come into my heart. Holy Spirit divine please turn my heart of stone into a heart that loves and beats for God in Jesus name. Amen.

  9. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

  10. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    May God grant us the grace to make our hearts fertile to accept His words.Amen

    1. Carmela U. E. says

      Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless Fr.

  11. Lilian Ndudi says

    Amen

    May God help us all

  12. Gloria says

    Amen

  13. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    May the spirit of God reveal to me all aspects of my life and living that make me harden my heart today; and give me sufficient grace to make amends, in Jesus name, amen🙏🏼

  14. Ekwem Emmanuela says

    Amen

  15. KORIE JENNIFER says

    Amen and Amen.

    May the Lord not say “woe!” to any of us.

  16. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

    May the Holy Spirit help us to always lay our hearts open to God’s word and will. Amen!

    Remain blessed Father

  17. Mailoushi James says

    Amen remain blessed Fr to the glory of God’s name, Amen

  18. Lucy Vena O. says

    Amen. May we not harden our hearts to God but be open to his will.

  19. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen …..

  20. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen

  21. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    Thank you father God for the grace upon our life’s and soften our heart in jesus name amen🙏

  22. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr 🙏.
    Lord, Please, help me🙏

  23. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus.

  24. Ejimmadu Noel says

    Ameñ.

  25. Cecilia.U.Christopher says

    Amen thanks and God continued to bless and keep you Padre🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  26. Uchechukwu Egbo says

    Amen to your prayers, God bless you more Fr

  27. Ogechi Oscar says

    Amen

  28. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  29. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Lord remove the heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh that loves you above all things. Amen.

  30. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!

  31. Agina Uchenna says

    Amen

  32. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  33. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen
    Good morning Padre
    O Lord, I humbly seek for your mercy in any way and manner my household have neglected you.
    Forgive our sin, o Lord
    In Jesus mighty name
    Amen

  34. Esimekara Nnenna says

    Lord grant me the grace not to harder my heart to your words l beg of the.

  35. Mariajacinta Ivoke says

    Amen

  36. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    I pray for grace to continually come close to God Amen 🔥🙏🙏🙏

  37. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  38. Ahamefula Chinwe Stellamaris says

    Thank you dear Lord for your words, am sorry for many times I have hardened my heart I plead your mercy & pardon.

  39. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  40. Ugo says

    Amen

  41. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, may God gives us grace to come closer to him and forgive us our sins. we pray to God to help us not to harden not our hearts to word of God that is active and alife. May he have mercy on us and lead us to eternal destination in Jesus name amen.

  42. Awodike Florence says

    Lord, Give me the Grace not to harden my Heart any moment I heard your word.May i always put it in Practice….
    More Grace More Anointing Upon you Padre

  43. Regina Ajua Mobu says

    Amen

  44. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

  45. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  46. Cynthia Douglas says

    Amen

  47. Abuah Judith says

    amen 🙏
    Thanks fr

  48. Goodluckeocha. says

    Amen.

  49. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen

  50. Cornelia Anyiam says

    Amen by

  51. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    Amen

  52. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen!

  53. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen

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