Posted by: livingscripture | November 19, 2015

33rd Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.  For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.  They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation’.”     

(Luke: 19: 41-44)

How should we live this WordJesus_Weeps[1]

 The powerless tears of Jesus, an image of His death, express the power of a love without limits.  Love dies because it is not loved.  The tears of Jesus reveal the greatest mystery of God: His passion for us!  His love for the beloved people, for the holy city that, because of the hardness of its heart, because of its arrogance of mind, and its pride of life, did not recognize Him!  In the face of our freedom, of our choices, He stops and does the only thing He can do.  He cries.  Tears express impotence in the face of rejection, but they also reveal the greatness of a love that is faithful even when it meets infidelity!  Within this love, faithful to death and death on a cross, the heart intuits the light of Hope and of Mercy which alone succeeds to overcome the hardness of our evil and of our sin.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will acknowledge Jesus as the Lord of my life and relish His love for me and for all humankind.

Lord Jesus, help me to shed tears for my sins and that of this world knowing that it is evil which brings upon the world violence and death.

 The Voice of Pope Francis – Meeting with the youth at Manila, January 2015

 Dear young people, the world lacks tears!  The marginalized cry; those who are put aside cry; the despised cry; but those who live a life with their needs met, we do not know how to cry.  Some realities of life are only seen with eyes that have been cleansed by tears.  I invite you to ask yourselves, have I learned to cry?  When I see a hungry child, a drugged youth on the street, a homeless child, an abandoned child, an abused child, a child used by society as a slave, do I cry?  Or are my tears capricious of one who cries for something unnecessary.  This is the first thing I want to tell you: let us learn to cry.  The great question is, ‘why do children suffer?’  The answer we can give is to learn to cry…if you do not learn to cry, you are not good Christians.  This is the challenge.  Be courageous; do not be afraid to cry!

 

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