Faith Daily | 17 November 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p603
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.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 19: 41-44
41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43Indeed, 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. 44They 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: Hilary Bell
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because he foresaw the complete destruction which would befall the city and its inhabitants. He wept because he knew that those who rejected him and his message of peace, of repentance and forgiveness had lost the opportunity for salvation.
The people who initially hailed Jesus and wanted him as King to save them from their Roman overlords did not recognize him as Messiah. They rejected his message of Peace. His kingship did not conform to their ideal. In effect they have chosen the way of the sword and sealed their own fate, signed their own death sentence. Luke does not spare us the horror of the siege and its aftermath.
So how do I reconcile this compassionate, weeping Jesus, a loving, patient God who does not want a single soul to be lost or to perish or to suffer, with judgement from a seemingly vengeful, angry God? I reflect that Jesus reserved his strongest criticism for those who displayed pride, hypocrisy and self-righteousness and those who hindered others in their quest to encounter and follow Him. Those who seem to have no need of God or who want God on their terms or to fit their image will be judged. Ultimately, they bring this judgement on themselves.
He has mercy for the suffering and for sinners who honestly and humbly repent. The Bible, the story of God’s people, is full of flawed characters but God is patient with them, giving second chances, giving them and us many chances. Thank God.
FINAL PRAYER APBA p351
the light of the minds that know you,
the life of the souls that love you,
and the strength of the hearts that serve you:
help us so to know you
that we may truly love you,
and so to love you
that we may faithfully serve you,
whose service is prefect freedom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.