November 19, 2020.
If you only knew what makes for peace.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
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.”
At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
There are three (3) more days before the Solemnity of Christ the King which marks the end of our liturgical calendar. After that will be a “new year” for the Church starting with Advent – the anticipation of the first coming of Christ. We have been talking about the “end” always in our recent readings, as well as preparedness or readiness. Today in our Gospel, Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. It is remarkable, as Jesus wept in the Gospel only three (3) times in the Gospel as it was written. It means the dangers of living in the world where God is not recognized like Jerusalem during that time, have an immense effect for generations and generations. What brings us peace? Rather, Who? Isn’t it God? Yet, do we still recognize God now?
Obedience to God, righteousness, love for justice and charity towards neighbor brings us peace. Contrary to what the world says that when you get rich, you will have your peace. If you are popular, you are at peace and you will be happy. Yet only God gives true and lasting peace and not the world, material things or other earthly things.
Through our modern technology, inventions and advancements, men became capable on its own to do various kinds of things. Men has been creating a world without God. It is not that God will disappear. He will never. But it is men who denies His existence, which is the opposite of truth. When we live in the opposite of truth which are lies and deceit, we are disturbed. For the truth is men cannot live without God. Our very existence, including the world and everything in it is rooted and under the power of God. So we shall also stay connected with Him as we journey back to Him as our true fulfilment. As the famous saint Padre Pio have said, “it would be easier for man to exist without sun than to exist without God”.
Which is why the challenge for us Christians, is how to bring back God in the world full of materialism, money, fame, man-made honor, and recognition? How do we bring Christ to the world and preach the Gospel? We shall not stand there and watch the ruin of our global nation turning and trying hard to live without God. Like the Lord, who did not only weep there, but worked tirelessly to bring the Kingdom of God to the people – gentiles or Jew, even to pagans. He healed the sick, performed miracles and spent Himself doing good works and preaching the Gospel. In our own little way, how do we follow Christ? How do we fulfill our duties as Christians or followers of Christ? May we reflect on this. Amen. +
God bless us all.
Reflections by FMMargaret