Go to Jerusalem – Fr. Augustine

20111027 Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (Lk 13:31-35)

 My dear brothers and sisters, as autumn moves to winter and the days get shorter, we can seek ways to bring light into our lives. I think that our light is very simple. It is love. Love of God, brothers, neighbors and self go hand in hand against our weakness. In today’s reading St. Paul says that nothing can separate us from the love of God. In short, with this love, we can overcome everything. We remember that nothing and no one can separate us from the love of God.

 Go to Jerusalem

In today’s Gospel Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem, where he will be arrested and condemned. He intends to travel with single minded purpose. He says Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day.”No turning back for Jesus. He knows where he is going. He also knows whats coming for him: betrayal, death and resurrection. In spite of knowing that his own death is certain, he continues to teach and heal and draw his children to him. Still he loves the ones who will not be gathered under his wings as a hen. He is not in a hurry to get to Jerusalem, but he will get there in his own time. And when he does, he will do it for you and me, covering us with his wings of protection, assuring us of a place in Gods heart.

 We remember that our Lord will indeed gather us under his wings. So, we can journey to Jerusalem with our Lord. My brothers and sisters, set our faces toward Jerusalem and stay the course knowing that Jesus walks to protect and guide us.

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