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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
11/16/2011 12:20 pm
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|Thursday, November 17th 2011
| Luke 19: 41-44
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, "If this day you only knew what makes for peace? but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
Today's prayer intention - for the repose of the souls of Lavinia Taukolonga and Sione Maea Taukolonga.
There were a lot of tears shed on the day of 9/11. Although the planes crashing into the twin towers were thousands of miles away, it still awoke a great sadness. The violence that was caused to human beings on such a grand scale is a great tragedy. It is no wonder that people weep at the thought of millions of children being aborted through acts of violence in the womb.
If only we knew what makes for peace.
The thing is after 9/11, I remember the churches being full. I remember the church on the Friday being packed beyond any Easter or Christmas Mass. It's as if we all knew what makes for peace.
Yet, years removed from the attack, the churches are back to normal again. Maybe we chose to find peace elsewhere. Maybe because things seem peaceful, there is no need to seek The One Who is the Price of Peace. Maybe because we are too busy for peace ... for God's peace.
Those who came and plundered Jerusalem many years later may still have come and ravaged the city. Yet, I think of the first martyr, St. Stephen, whose face was peaceful as they stoned him to death. He knew what makes for peace. He knew that there is a peace beyond satisfying our bellies and having everything taken care of. He knew Who was taking care of him, and everything was taken care of.
Lord, give us the faith of St. Stephen so that we too may know Your peace at all times regardless of our current state.
Take care and God Bless.