Thursday 21 November 2019
The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary
1 Maccabees 2:15-29. Psalm 49(50):1-2, 5-6, 14-15. Luke 19:41-44.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God – Psalm 49(50):1-2, 5-6, 14-15
‘If you, even you, had only recognised on this day the things that make for peace!’
In the first reading, Mattathias lives by the covenant of his ancestors, defying the authorities and resisting temptation and earthly rewards. He is prepared to leave behind everything he has in order to be true to his values. He is also prepared to kill those who he believes to be wrong.
By contrast, in the gospel, Jesus weeps that the city of Jerusalem does not recognise the things that make for peace. Perhaps this non-violent way of love shows us one difference between the New and Old Testaments. How will I seek justice while still loving my enemies? What am I prepared to sacrifice for the greater good? Do I trust that God will deliver me from my troubles? Am I thankful for the enduring faithfulness of God?
I turn to Jesus with trust, asking him to lead me to grace and peace all the days of my life.