“Because They Did Not Repent”
Cause us, O God, to respond to who Jesus is, to what Jesus says, and to what Jesus has done and still does in the ways that we should.
If we need to hear and to accept the reproach of Jesus because we have not acknowledged our waywardness and our lostness, then let us hear and accept his reproach.
Do not let us stay there, though—give us grace truly to repent, truly to let you turn us around and point us in the direction we should go.
Then help us to keep walking in that way—in the way of Jesus.
“Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent.” (Matthew 11:20)