Matthew 11:20-24. Danger of Miracles 9 Apr 2023
Mat 11:20 Then he began to reproach the towns in which most of his miracles had been worked, because they refused to repent.
21 Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida!
For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 Still, I tell you that it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on Judgment Day than for you.
23 And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be raised as high as heaven?
You shall be flung down to hell.
For if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom,
it would have been standing yet.
24 Still, I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on Judgment Day than for you.
Asking for miracles is easy. Today Jesus explains that He expects a response from the people as they have even witnessed miracles. They should repent in sackcloth and ashes, with visible signs.
Now, I am not sure why a miracle should bring forth repentance. Saint Peter responded to Jesus after a miracle: 'Go away from me, for I am a sinful man.' My guess is the following:
The presence of God calls for holiness, for new life.
Jesus, today for me to repent is, refusing to fall into criticism. I pray for humility, for I am a sinful man.