Posted by: livingscripture | November 23, 2017

33rd Thursday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

November 23, 2017

33rd Thursday in Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

As he drew near, 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 shall I live this Word?

Today, Luke’s Gospel presents Jesus on His way to Jerusalem where He will soon accomplish the mystery of His passion, death, and resurrection.  As He contemplates the City from a hill, Jesus is moved and begins to cry heavily.  We are upset by Jesus’ crying over His city and it leaves us greatly disturbed.  Why these tears of the God-man?  They represent the extreme prophetic appeal of Jesus to conversion.  This is Jesus’ last visit to His people, a coming that could bring definitive peace and salvation according to the Scriptures and the Prophets.  But in the face of the blindness and obstinate rejection of Jerusalem because its representatives, nothing is left but the warning of doom.

This last redaction of Luke’s text could have been influenced also by the historic events of 70 d. c. which culminated in the siege and fall of the city of Jerusalem and of the Temple at the hands of the emperors Titus and Vespian.  The city was blind and did not understand or grasp the propitious time: “it was hidden from their eyes”.  The fault was not that of God.  The people were guilty and inevitably, Jesus could do nothing because He respects human freedom to choose.  Nothing remains but to cry!

Rejecting Jesus means rejecting God’s visitation, the ultimate occasion which we must not let pass by in vain.  This occasion is indicated as the one that ‘leads to peace’; all that is contrary to this, leads to what actually will happen.  Rejecting Jesus means rejecting peace!  This term in the Bible assumes an ever new global and all-encompassing meaning and includes all that humans need for a good and beautiful life.

Let us ask the Lord with intense and prolonged prayer, that in this third millennium all wars being waged now may cease in all many parts of the world and national governments may be persons of courage and open their eyes to Jesus, King of Peace, before it is too late.  At least, may the tears of Emmanuel convince them more than fear of His punishments.

The Voice of the Bible – Psalm 122

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:

“May those who love you prosper!

May peace be within your ramparts,

prosperity within your towers.”

For the sake of my brothers and friends I say,

“Peace be with you.

 

 

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