July 10, 2014
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” Mt 10:7-15
What could possibly be that bad? Remember, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were so bad that according to the Scripture account, God had destroyed them and their cities in a rain of burning sulfur and ash. (Gn 19:1-29) That destruction was so horrendous that Abraham, Lot and their families were not even allowed to look back at it as they fled. And when Lot’s wife snuck a peek, she was immediately turned into a pillar of salt.
It was these people whom Jesus said would be judged less harshly than the townspeople who rejected His disciples. The gravity of their sin was their blatant refusal to even listen to Jesus’ disciples, their inhospitality and their cruelty.
How do we respond, beloved, when we get that feared knock on the door from an evangelist? Maybe we don’t have the same beliefs as they do. But they’re people too. We’re all God’s people! We just don’t all know Him in the same way. That doesn’t give us the right to be cruel, to be rude, or to be cold toward them. Give them a minute (safely). Entertain their thoughts. Hold fast to your faith and love them, just as Jesus would have. And maybe instead of making a horrendous impression of how cold Catholic Christians could be, they will truly see Jesus in us!
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