– Thursday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time –
As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!” (Luke 19:41-42)
The tears of Jesus for Jerusalem should remind us about his expectations of us. The entire gospel speaks to us about what was dearest to Jesus: He came to bear witness to the Father, to his light and to his love. And Jesus did this most perfectly when he became the Lamb of God.
The Lamb here in this passage of the gospel is crying over Jerusalem, crying because Jerusalem didn’t want to receive his blood poured out for love of them. Jesus gave everything on the Cross to save us. He gave everything so that we might receive his love, his strength, his purity, his beatitude. He gave everything so that we too might be victims of love, lambs with him. And his love is victorious.
Let us beg Jesus to place within our hearts his divine courage and his mercy so that we too can be lambs in this world, ready to lay down our lives for our brothers and sister, especially those who are furthest from Christ.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary help us to be faithful to the end, living with her and in her the faithfulness of those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
by Sr Sarah Rose
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