FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
30th Thursday of Ordinary Time
October 29, 2020
WORD of the DAY
At that time some Pharisees came to him and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.”
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. [But] I tell you, you will not see me until [the time comes when] you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’.” (Luke 13: 31-35)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus’ mission draws to a close. The hope of solving everything with simplicity seems to vanish. His trust in human beings’ ability to change, contradicted and denied by the facts. Humans, enthusiastic in welcoming something new, become ruthless in destroying it; on the other hand, Christianity is uncomfortable with its stubborn trust in human beings, this reckless desire to make humans become the adult partner of an adult God. “I wanted to gather your children and you were unwilling!” It is the drama of humans who reject happiness and presume to know its secrets, kill the prophets because they are authentic and expose uncomfortable truths, yet Jesus agrees to stay in Jerusalem in order to be recognized as the face of a God full of mercy and attention.
Father, make us faithful to You and to our neighbor, grant us fidelity to the mission You have entrusted to us.
The voice of William Clark Styron, Literary Critic
The most profound statement that has ever been made about Auschwitz was not a statement at all, but an answer. The question: “Tell me, where was God in Auschwitz?” The answer: “And where was man?”
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