DAILY GOSPEL COMMENTARY: “WHOEVER REJECTS ME REJECTS THE ONE WHO SENT ME” (Lk 10:13-16).
GOSPEL OF FRIDAY, 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus said to them, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
COMMENTARY FROM THE NAVARRE BIBLE, ST. LUKE (WITH PERMISSION)
- 16 On the evening of the day of his Resurrection, our Lord entrusts his Apostles with the mission he received from the Father, endowing them with powers similar to his own (Jn 20:21). Some days later he will confer on Peter the primacy he had already promised him (Jn 21:15-17). The Pope is the successor of Peter, and the Bishops the successors of the Apostles (cf. Lumen gentium, 20). Therefore, “Bishops who teach in communion with the Roman Pontiff are to be revered by all as witnesses of divine and Catholic truth. . . . This loyal submission of the will and intellect must be given, in a special way, to the authentic teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff even when he does not speak ex cathedra” (Vatican II, Lumen gentium, 25).
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