DAILY HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II.
THEME: JESUS CRIED.
BY: FR GERALD M. MUSA
Victor Hugo, in his great book Les Misérables, says, “Those who do not weep, do not see.” As Jesus came to the end of his earthly, he wept over the city of Jerusalem, saying “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” He loved the people and city of Jerusalem, but he was sad to see how both the beauty of the city and the people were degenerating and how the people were ignorant of the impending dangers that awaited them. It is unusual to see Jesus cry. He cried over the death of his friend Lazarus and he cried for his country people for demonstrating sheer indifference and stubbornness against the message of salvation. They despised the Saviour and missed the moment of grace and repentance. Jesus foresaw the consequences of their sin and what their stubbornness will cost them.
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Parents share in the cry of Jesus when they weep over stubborn and reckless children; teachers share in the cry of Jesus when they weep over lazy and indifferent students; preachers share in the cry of Jesus when they weep over a people who are nonchalant to the message of repentance; we share in the cry of Jesus when we weep for the moral decay that we see and for the loss of religious and traditional values. What are the social and moral situations that make us shed tears?