Our Gospel today on the Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Mt 11:20-24) Jesus gives the citizens of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum a piece of his mind! They have all witnessed his mighty deeds yet the continue their ways as before. Jesus senses no remorse for their past ways, no indication they will repent for their transgressions. He warns them that at judgement time they will be judged more harshly than Sodom! In fact, Jesus goes as far as to say had Sodom been witness to all that Jesus had done in these three towns it would not have been destroyed.
Jesus is not upset over their past sins, but that the people of these towns, despite all they have seen and learned have not changed their ways. Jesus makes it clear that it is not enough to just believe in him. Jesus lets us know that we must know him and change our ways to follow him and his teachings. The doors to Christ’s Church are open to everyone, but his teachings remain constant. The onus is on us to change, just as the onus was on Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. Are our hearts open to changing to follow Jesus?