Jesus said, “If you only knew today what is needed for peace! But now you cannot see it!” (Lk 19: 42)
Today’s Passage: Lk 19:41-44
Meditation: How sharp Jesus’ word in today’s meditation verse is! It is true that many are very happy with Jesus’ picture of everlasting love, forgiving love, compassionate etc. All these pictures are real and true. However, there are moments where even this ever-forgiving God himself cannot do anything for you. It is about this moment St. Augustine says, “God who created you without your consent and cooperation, won’t redeem you without your consent and cooperation.”
It is true that he forgives and accepts us even at the last moment. We experience this forgiving love in its abundance on the cross as we hear, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.” (Lk 23:43) Again, Jesus’ prayer on the cross, before God the father, for the forgiveness of those who sinned against him and his imparting of power to Peter who denied him thrice are also moments of his compassionate and forgiving love.
Truly, he longs for the return of each and every sinner and is waiting for them. All the three parables of the fifteenth chapter of Luke underline this truth; the parables of lost sheep, lost coin, and prodigal son. There we read, “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine respectable people who do not need to repent;” (Lk 15:7) “the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents;” (Lk 15:10) and “we had to celebrate and be happy, because your brother was dead, but now he is alive, he was lost, but now he has been found.” (Lk 15:32)
However, he laments, “If you only knew today what is needed for peace! But now you cannot see it!” (Lk 19: 42) Those who walk away from God and boasts of their bad ways should know that there comes a moment in their life, where they no more can think of God or salvation. Going after evil ways make you deprived of the Holy Spirit who guides in the path of the Lord. Jesus says, “But now you cannot see it!” Therefore, let us not dishearten ourselves and turn against God.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Have mercy on us! O Lord, many a time we were on our own self-centered ways. We had forsaken you and sought for the worldly pleasures. Lord, help us to return to you and your ways. Give your Holy Spirit in its abundance that we may always walk in your path. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Thursday…