Thursday 19 November 2020

About Today Readings

Apocalypse 5:1-10. The Lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God – Psalm 149:1-6, 9. Luke 19:41-44.

Jesus sheds tears over the coming fate of Jerusalem

There are a couple of instances in the Gospels where Jesus wept. Once was when Mary and Martha invited him to see where they had laid their brother Lazarus. The other is in today’s Gospel reading. A chapel now rests on the side of the Mount of Olives overlooking the modern city of Jerusalem. It is a favourite place for pilgrims to gather and remember that here Jesus wept as he foresaw the future destruction of his beautiful ‘city of peace.’ Beneath this chapel in Jerusalem is a large Jewish cemetery sweeping down into the Kedron Valley. How much weeping has occurred in that place over the centuries? The end of the liturgical year is near, a year like few others because of Covid-19. Yet, this year like every year is a time of God’s coming to us. Have we recognised our God in this year that is almost gone?

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