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The Harsh Reproach

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Shirly Benedictos

October 6, Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Baruch 1:15-22 Lk 10:13-16

Galilean communities were the center of Jesus’s ministry. They had the privilege to be the first ones to hear the call for repentance and witness the mighty deeds of Jesus. They, therefore, should have been the first ones to renew their way of life and become part of the kingdom of God if they took seriously the call. However, they hardened their hearts to the words and deeds of the Lord. The words of Jesus “Woe to you” become words of judgment because these people have shown their resistance to the call of God. The intensity of this judgment is so high because these people have been repeatedly called to repentance and most of the mighty works of the Lord were performed in these towns. Jesus also sends his disciples to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom.

However, we need to remember that the harsh reproach of Jesus is founded not on hatred but on mercy. He has only one mission which is the salvation of all. Such a mission is done not only through proclamation but also denunciation. Jesus proclaims the word of God and he has to denounce any attitude that manifests rejection of the word of God.

The same reproach could be addressed to us all. As Christians, we are considered close to the heart of the Lord. We constantly listen to the words of God and through our contemplation and reflection, we witness and experience the mighty deeds of God that happen in our communities, families, and our personal life. We, then, are expected to lead a life that is motivated by God’s words. We are supposed to conform our lives to his life. We are called to repentance, as a requirement to be part of the Kingdom of God, and it must be shown in the way we lead our lives every day. The question is Have the words of God that we hear constantly and the mighty works of God touched our hearts and moved us to change our lives to be better persons? How far have we conformed or aligned our lives to the words of God? Woe to us if the words of God that we hear constantly and the mighty works of God that we witness in our lives have not led us to conversion.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.