Friday 13 November 2015

Thursday of 34th Week, odd numbered year Jeudi de la 34e semaine, année impaire

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Thursday of 34th Week, odd numbered year

“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you must realise that it will soon be laid desolate. Then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in country districts must not take refuge in it. For this is the time of retribution when all that scripture says must be fulfilled. Alas for those with child, or with babies on the breast, when those days come!”

We are at the end of the liturgical year and the understanding of these passages from the gospel seems scarecly clear to us. We might be able to consider these events as having already taken place at the Paschal Offering of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, these events are in the process of happening today.

We have never had so much information concerning painful and sorrowful events going on in the world today. This is the message we have before our eyes in newspapers. We learn about millions of people dying in misery. At this time in Jerusalem a million and a hundred thousand dead as Luke writes, a thousand hundred deported by Titus! We would say the same thing today in so many places of our humanity.

Jesus said ’Jerusalem’s Temple will be trampled on by pagans.’ The true Temple of God are our bodies, and our lives that are massacred. Jesus, the Bread of Life regenerates our humanity and we can also be put out by Him, wondering what’s going on.

“Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come! For great misery will descend on the and retribution on this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive to every gentile country , and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the gentiles until their time is complete.”

Every event of our lives can become an opportunity for us to die from love. When this ’passage’, this Passover comes, Jesus Himself will be there to accompany us. In Christ, we need to be fully human, raise ourselves up, take on a face of Peace, capable of vision and of word. Lift up your head so as to be free, for we need to receive these events and to know that with them, another meaning is unfolded, that of our redemption. We make the offering of

everything that God has given us in thanksgiving. He has given us the memorial of the gift of himself : the mystery of the Eucharist. Not only ’to live from love’ but ’ to die from love.’

“And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand straight, hold your head high, because your liberation is near at hand.”

Everything we leave behind liberates us and we see appear that which holds out, is solid, what is built up, a salutary sorting out occurs before our very eyes. We measure the good news that comes to us, despite the fact of how poor we are as it arrives. The One we are waiting for is the Lord Jesus, is Good News, He receives us and gives us His Presence of Love. May we know how to perceive how Jesus lovingly comes forward in our lives. This offering of our life, at each moment, in thanksgiving, is salutary, it becomes ’a dying out of love’.

To offer up all that can be difficult in sacrifice, for service and sacrifice are what make up our lives. We like to serve and at the same time there is a time when it is impossible to serve any more! And so sacrifice takes over. We want to build the Kingdom but there is a great anger around those who build up the Body of Christ. The Living God who gives life to all things accompanies us, especially at the most difficult moment that is our death. He is tehere, present. Mary envelops us with all her Tenderness.

We ask for the grace of hope, our Saviour comes to us and we commend ourselves to His Infinite Mercy