Daily Reflection for Thursday, November 18, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Maccabees 2:15-29
Responsorial: Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15
Gospel: Luke 19:41-44
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
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.” (Luke 19:41-42)
“He saw the city and wept over it.” This is the passage that strikes my emotional chord. God-made-flesh weeps. The passage then gives us insight to the reason Jesus weeps. He has a deep sense of the human suffering that exists in the city of Jerusalem, and He weeps. The people cannot see what is hidden. The people do not see that Jesus knows a different way to be human. Jesus knows that what makes for peace is to be grounded in God’s love and not grounded in violence. He weeps for the city as He knows that a different way is possible.
As I read this today, I reflect and wonder what is hidden from my eyes that keeps me from being at peace with my brothers and sisters, my coworkers, my community, and from the earth I call home. I wonder if in some ways this is the delight of evil and that the way to peace and nonviolence is kept hidden.
As I reflect back on my life, I realize that so much has created this blindness. It is as if God’s love is right in front of me, but I cannot see it as my own false beliefs, guilt, unhealed wounds, anger, selfishness, (should I keep going?) get in the way of seeing God’s invitation to live a life of peace and profound joy. The journey to understand this has not been an easy one. It is a journey to become more human—the human that Jesus shows us is possible. It is made possible if I set my vision on Him and not on that which blinds me.
Jesus weeps when I am blind to His peace.
May you set your eyes on God’s love and peace today,