THURSDAY OF THE THIRTY-THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME MEMORIAL OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGI
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 19:41-44
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."
REFLECTION: "He saw the city and wept over it,"
An unexpected death, a prodigal child, a broken marriage, lost dreams--we have all undergone gut wrenching emotional or physical losses and we, in our brokenness, temporarily lose our peace. God in His goodness gave us His only Son to reconcile and unite us to Himself and in turn we bond with one another in peace and mutual love. And it is through God's love that we love our family and neighbor.
"He saw the city and wept over it," as many refused Jesus and eventually this beautiful gift from God. Many still continue to not accept God. Jesus came to establish peace and justice by defeating the world, death and the flesh.
The steadfast love of our Lord never ceases and in His mercies and the abundance of His blessings we are offered His peace.
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