Serving the Word: 19th November


Luke 19, 41-44:
“When Jesus came to Jerusalem and saw the city, he said in tears, “If only you could understand this day what leads to peace! But no: it is hidden from your eyes… you did not recognize the moment of my coming.”

Today we see Jesus crying. Very rarely do the Gospels tell us about Jesus’ crying.
And Jesus weeps today because everything that leads to peace is hidden from the eyes of the children of Jerusalem, the holy city.
They have not been able to perceive or appreciate God’s call through Jesus. They have rejected the message that can lead them to true peace.
Jesus also continues to weep for us all when, closing our eyes to his gospel of peace, we open them to hatred, lack of love, resentment, taking justice into our own hands, closing them to all that leads to the peace that he brings and gives us.
Today I wish for myself and for all of us that we always understand what leads to peace and that we know how to recognize the moment of the Lord’s visit and coming, especially through the most needy.
May Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, change our outlook so that our peace may be reborn with the peace of the Gospel. So that our peace may be reborn with the peace of the Lord.
Good day.

Antonio Maria Sanjuan Marin, cmf

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