Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.’
Crying for the homeland
1) Crying. Jesus cries for his people and his homeland. This brings to mind those who are longing for their country and their own people. Today, so many people have had to flee their homes, and they suffer because they are far away from their families. They have given up on their dreams and left everything behind.
2) Make peace. This is what we are called to do, to work towards peace.
As citizens and neighbors, we are called to keep the peace. Today, let us commit to making peace with others. Only our God can give us peace, but He can use us to create peace in this world. Think about our war heroes. They gave their lives for their land, for our homeland, and fought to keep our country free. Reflect on how you can bring peace to your community.
3) Time. Be aware of how God continues to guide society through signs. God constantly blesses our land and we do not recognize it. Today God comes to you in the poor, through bountiful harvests, and through the generosity of other people. God comes to you in your country, your community, and in your heart. Allow Him to build a country of justice and peace through you.
God bless you; be with you; and protect you! Don’t stop working to build your nation in peace and to make a more just society. Remember that we can do this together, and remember, too, that Heaven is Our Goal !