FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday November 22, 2018
Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
As he drew near, 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)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus is decisively facing the last part of His mission that the Father had entrusted to Him. He goes up towards Jerusalem, the splendid city of the grand memories of Israel, but also the ‘den’ of His bitterest enemies. The Lord contemplates it with deep sadness. He knows what end the rebellious city will have for rejecting God and the Gospel of Salvation the Father had entrusted to Him. Jesus knows that He will hang between two criminals on the infamous Cross. He is innocence personified and He freely accepts to die on the Cross for the salvation of us all.
Jesus is not crying because He will be the most innocent victim of the world to be tortured and killed on the Cross. He cries over Jerusalem, its inhabitants who are so blinded in their heart they were not able to grasp the burning Truth. This is what was needed and always needed; for the peace of humanity there must be the humble, conscious, and intelligent acceptance of God’s Will, which is the plan of salvation for those who do it with a serene heart, with full trust in the One who is the ‘perfect planner’ of Love.
Lord, my Light and my Salvation, open my mind and even more, my heart so that with simplicity of mind and sentiment, I may choose a moderate and happy tenor of life. May St. Cecilia also help me, a woman of the first Christian era famous for her music and song cultivated up to her martyrdom.
The Voice of Mahatma Gandhi, thinker and pacifist
The day in which the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will discover peace.
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Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA