Collect for the Week: of Pentecost 24
whose sovereign purpose none can make void:
give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world,
knowing that your kingdom shall come
and your will be done,
to your eternal glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen APBA p.603
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 19: 41-44\
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! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.
GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by John Vickers
In this passage we once more see prophecy in action.
It has been reliably estimated that more than thirty percent of the Bible concerns prophecy. There are 3268 fulfilled prophetic verses and 3140 yet to be fulfilled. All of Biblical prophecy is ultimately fulfilled. No other book either written or conceived by humanity can lay claim to similar, or even approach it.
This is what distinguishes the Bible as the undeniable Word of God, God breathed and true in every detail, even down to the very day and hour. In this sad passage, the Son of God predicts the awful fate that would descend upon Jerusalem, which could have been avoidable, had they but recognised “what would bring them peace”. His peace as Saviour. They chose not to.
There are always consequences for not accepting Jesus, and, as we read from the Bible, they are never pleasant. It distressed our Redeemer to the point of weeping in anguish at what He foresaw as the fate of Jerusalem and its inhabitants. I have no doubt that He suffers the same anguish for each lost soul which chooses not to accept His gift of salvation freely given. But as the Scriptures repeatedly remind us, and as harsh as it appears among those who see only a one dimensional Jesus, everyone must ultimately make a choice and then accept the consequences of that choice. So choose wisely, your eternity depends upon it.
FINAL PRAYER Psalm 118 v 21-24, 27-29
I will praise you, for you answered me:
and have become my salvation
The stone that the builders rejected:
has become the head of the corner.
This is the Lord’s doing:
and it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made:
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
The Lord is God, and he has given us light:
Guide the festal throng up to the horns of the altar
You are my God and I will praise you:
You are my God, I will exalt you.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good:
and his mercy endures for ever.