FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
33ND Thursday of Ordinary Time
November 17, 2022
WORD of the DAY
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, 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.
For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19: 41-44)
How shall I live this Word?
The passage of Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem proposed by today’s liturgy is exclusive to the Gospel of Luke. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because it did not know how to recognize the time in which it was visited.
Will we be able to do it? Will we be able to recognize the time of His visit in our personal life and in history? The lack of conversion, the obstinacy in not recognizing Him, lead to a voluntary blindness that increasingly obscures the vision of the presence of God in life. How much blindness!
Let us remember: Jesus cries! not just for Jerusalem, but for all of us. It is a cry full of compassion and love, because Jesus knows how much suffering we experience when we reject Him. And He gives His life, so that we recognize His visit, His presence. Every day the Lord visits us and knocks on our door.
Even today the Lord has visited me. Did I recognize His passage?
Lord Jesus, send your Spirit of Light so that I may recognize your passage in everyday life. Send your Spirit of fortitude so that by recognizing You, I will be able to make life choices for myself and for my sisters and brothers.
The Voice of Pope Francis – Reflection 17 November 2016
Saint Augustine used to say a word, a very strong phrase: ‘I’m afraid of God, of Jesus, when He passes by!’ But why are you afraid? ‘I’m afraid I won’t recognize Him!’ If you are not attentive to your heart, you will never know if Jesus is visiting you or not. May the Lord give us all the grace to recognize the time in which we have been visited, we are visited, and we will be visited to open the door to Jesus and thus ensure that our hearts are more enlarged in love and serve in love the Lord Jesus.”
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