Thursday, November 19, 2015

Reflection: Luke 19:41-44

Thursday of the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time – Luke 19:41-44

Today Jesus was traveling up to Jerusalem.  When he saw the city on the horizon, he wept over it and said: “If this day you only knew what makes for peace.  However, it is hidden from your eyes.”  He then warns his listeners of the devastation and pain that would be inflicted upon them. 

Today Jesus is saying these same words to us.  Look at our world.  There is so much pain, conflict, war, and strife in our world.  And the saddest reality is: we, human beings, create and perpetuate the devastation and pain!  Yes, there are many natural disasters.  However, most of the pain and sorrow in our world is a result of humanity’s inhumanity to one another.  Today Jesus looks down on us and asks:  Haven’t you learned anything?  Why do you perpetuate such pain and sorrow?  You not only hurt the other, you also hurt yourself and those you love.

Today’s Gospel reading might prompt us to stop and ask ourselves: How do I perpetuate pain or sorrow by my actions or by my inaction?  Most likely, I am not shooting another person or dropping a bomb.  However, I may make a snide remark or ignore an individual who would appreciate some of my time and attention. 

Today, strive to share peace and love!  This may sound trite.  However, if someone gives you the gift of love and care, you may realize that this seemingly small gift truly is a great gift! 

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