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We now see a change in our Lord’s approach to His ministry. Before He worked, at the beginning of His ministry, He worked many miracles and many signs and His words were for the most part were gentle and inviting. Then we’re told that after He sent the twelve out, and they came back – there was a change. The Lord Himself was not taken by surprise, in fact He had said to the Disciples, “If you enter any town that they do not make you welcome, then shake the very dust from your shoes as you leave it”. But where was the Lord Himself working – throughout Galilee, we’re told He began to reproach the towns in which most of His miracles had been worked and the reason was because of the hardness of hearts, the refusal to repent. These towns were also the place that the majority of the Apostles came from, after all Phillip had come from Bethsaida, Andrew and Simon-Peter as well as James and John, so five of them we know for sure came from Bethsaida or the region. So some certainly had believed what our Lord had said, and others rejected it. And so the Lord says, “Alas for you, woe to you. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida”. And the reason is if the miracles, if the signs done in you had been done in pagan cities such as Tyre and Sidon where there was even child sacrifice, these cities would have repented long ago in ashes. So in the pagan cities, who did not have the law, that is the written law, they had the law of nature and they failed to observe the law of nature… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.