Daily Reflection for Thursday, November 21, 2019
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link:http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112119.cfm
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Maccabees 2:15-29
Responsorial: Psalm 50:1B-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 . . . Luke 19: 41-42
Readings like the ones for today make me wish I was a Biblical scholar. They are filled with messages that are difficult for me to process. I long to understand the readings; perhaps having a contextual awareness would help enlighten me. The first reading reflects killing and violence, and in the gospel Jesus talks of destruction and suffering. These messages are difficult to grasp, yet I know in context they are understood with a bit more clarity.
Sitting in my confusion and as I reflect on the readings, I am moved to tears. In Luke we read that Jesus sees a city that He loves and weeps. It is a city yearning for peace. Yet those in the city cannot see what is right in front of them; peace in flesh, the incarnation. He is moved to compassion. He knows where there is no peace there is only suffering and hopelessness.
As we quickly approach the Advent season, the scriptures are getting us ready for Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus, love incarnate and peace in flesh, was born into poverty and in turmoil times. He knew with great intimacy what happens when people turn away from love and peace. He knew the results when a city turns away from love and peace. He knew the significance when a nation turns away from love and peace. He is moved to compassion when a world turns away from love and peace.
God knows all of this and yet, God comes and is with us. God comes to those seeking peace and love. God comes to cities seeking peace and love. God comes to a world seeking peace and love. Jesus weeps and God is with us. They both are true. This is as difficult to grasp as the first reading, yet it doesn’t make it less true. Jesus weeps and God is with us.
May you see Jesus weep today and recognize God is with us,