READINGS for 2008-11-20
PEACE AmIDst ADvERsItY
“If this day you only knew what makes for peace…” – Luke 19:42
Jim MacLaren was a 22-year-old Yale graduate, athlete and aspiring actor. In 1985, while riding his motorcycle along New York City, a bus hit him. This resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. Eight years after, while competing in a triathlon, he was hit by a van. He became a quadriplegic, not able to feel or move anything from his chest down.
With his body and spirit crushed, he fell into cocaine addiction. One day, while drugged and in his wheelchair, he saw himself in a familiar road where he once crossed the finish line as an Ironman champion. His perspective then changed. He said in an article, “It was the most exquisite blessing of my life — the opportunity to see my true self.” Through the book of Job, he realized what God was doing. He said, “I have come to believe that I needed these accidents to bring me deeper inside myself to a place where I could find honesty and peace.”
Peace is not the absence of chaos or problems. We can achieve true peace by having a personal relationship with Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and doing His will. Judith Concepcion
Are you at peace? Or are you looking for peace in other places? We only need Jesus, our source of true and lasting peace.
Lord Jesus, fill me with Your peace.
St. Bernward, pray for us.
Jesus alone is worthy to open the scroll and read it. No matter how good we may be and how much we lay down our lives in the service of the Lord, we cannot hope to make ourselves worthy as we stand before the judgment seat of God. This is nothing to fear, however, as we have a God of infinite grace and mercy. Thus, if we do what we can; if we demonstrate an active desire to grow in holiness, we will find God has very lenient judgment on us.
1 I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to examine it. 4 I shed many tears because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to examine it. 5 One of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed, enabling him to open the scroll with its seven seals.” 6 Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been slain. He had seven horns and seven eyes; these are the seven spirits of God sent out into the whole world. 7 He came and received the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. 8 When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones. 9 They sang a new hymn: “Worthy are you to receive the scroll and to break open its seals, for you were slain and with your blood you purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation. 10 You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on earth.”
P S A L M
Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
R: The Lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful. 2 Let Israel be glad in their maker, let the children of Zion rejoice in their king. (R) 3 Let them praise his name in the festive dance, let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp. 4 For the LORD loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory. (R) 5 Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy upon their couches; 6 let the high praises of God be in their throats. 9 This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia. (R)
G O S P E L
The only ones who have anything to fear from God are those who have refused to listen to His word or outright rejected it. God’s mercy is also just, and as such, if we want to refuse to have anything to do with God, He will respect our decision. He will keep trying to draw us back to Himself – He won’t give up on us – but if we want to live our lives apart from Him, then that is a decision He will allow us to make. It is not a very smart decision but He has given us free will and will respect our choice.
41 As Jesus drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 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. 44 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.”
think:We have a God of infinite grace and mercy.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Jeremiah 47-49
There are only two occasions recorded in the Bible when Jesus wept. One was for Lazarus. The other was for Jerusalem. Jesus wept when Lazarus, His friend, died. He wept for Jerusalem, as the Gospel today says, because the city failed to recognize its opportunity when God offered it. That opportunity was the privilege to welcome the Messiah Himself, Jesus the Christ.
When Jesus wept over Lazarus, the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” (John 11:36). When Jesus wept over Jerusalem, the Jews did not know how much Jesus loved them. Jesus died for love of them nonetheless.
After Jesus wept over Lazarus, Jesus raised him back to life. After Jesus wept over Jerusalem, the Pharisees and elders of the people put Him to death. Jesus resurrected for love of them nonetheless.
The tears of Jesus for Lazarus and for Jerusalem are tears of love. Tears of love are tears of life. They are like the water that falls to the earth and makes life sprout from the ground. The tears of Jesus are never tears of regret. He loves without regret that’s why His love gives life. Fr. Bobby Titco
When was the last time I shed tears of true love?
As You wept for love of me, Dear Jesus, make me shed tears of love for You. Let my tears water the earth and bring forth life. Make my love truly life-giving. Amen.
St. Bernward, pray for us.
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