Jesus doesn’t walk our streets as he did in Bethsaida and Chorazin. Nevertheless, his harsh rebuke strikes close to home today. The townspeople failed to acknowledge the beauty and importance of Jesus’ mighty deeds. They were skeptical, ungrateful, and unimpressed.

Christ is present in our lives in a constant, miraculous, and incomprehensible way. To refuse or neglect to see God in our midst is to imitate the people of Bethsaida. To take our lives for granted is akin to rejecting Jesus’ amazing actions in Chorazin.

“To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us—and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is grace, for it brings with us immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder, and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”  (Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude)

Today, pray for a spirit of gratitude and ask yourself: What mighty deeds is Christ performing here and now?

—Aaron Pierre, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Wisconsin province, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.