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November 19, 2020

Daily Reflection for Thursday November 19, 2020

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: Revelations:  5:1-10
Responsorial: Psalm 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A and 9B
Gospel: Luke 19:41-44

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings: 
he saw the city and wept over it      Luke 19:41

I read today’s Gospel with heavy heart.  We read in the very beginning of this passage that Jesus wept for Jerusalem.  Jerusalem, a city in turmoil, a people divided, and a community diseased in so many ways.

I read this and it gives me a heavy heart.  I can’t help but ask myself if Jesus is weeping for our global world today.  With disease, division, and turmoil filling our minds with worry, bringing us to our knees in prayer, and forcing us to plan for what seem uncontrollable events, I wonder if Jesus is weeping.

So I write this out of a place of sadness—a sadness that grieves for so many who have lost loved ones, financial means, and places to find food.  I sit in a place of sadness for my family members holding ground to political positions that divide long-standing relationships.  I sit in sadness for those in isolation as they are cut off from a physical embrace and demonstrations of affection from those they love.

I sit in sadness and I weep.  And while I know I cannot stay there and I know soon Advent calls me to hope, today I sit in sadness and weep.

May you be moved to tears by that which brings Jesus to tears,

Margarita Solis Deal


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