Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feasts: The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, and Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-+1852)—Patron Saint of Perseverance amid diversity
1 Maccabees 2:15-29, Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15, & Luke 9:41-44
When I first read the readings for today, I thought of sacrifice, pain, and violence. In the first reading, Mattathias rejects the offer of gold and silver and discards the request to be one of the king's friends to follow the covenant he has made with the Lord. He holds to this covenant, even resorting to violence before leaving the city. I struggle with making sense of that violence, to read the meaning that God has for us. Keeping our covenant with God calls for us to keep the faith with zeal. We, too, are offered "metaphorical" gold and silver to stray from the path we should follow. We must stand up and be willing to make a sacrifice and be steadfast in our covenant with God.
In the Gospel narrative of Saint Luke, Jesus weeps for the city of Jerusalem over what is to come. He warns of enemies raising defenses against us. The glimpse of Jesus and His sorrow is a powerful picture. As the human story unfolds, and it always does, there is much to weep about; however, we still must keep our covenant with God.
Part of the covenant, it seems to me, is to work for peace and justice in our lives. When it seems, we cannot do anything about the trouble in our neighborhood, our city, our country, and our world, that is the time to remember that peace begins with each one of us. We can say a prayer for those who think violence as the only answer. We can do what we are able to do to make the world a better place, whether through volunteering our time, talent, and treasure and by loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Question of the Day: Will you place your hope in God's saving power to fight temptation and to find what makes for peace?
Prayer: "If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts."