READING OF THE DAY
A reading from the Book of Revelation
I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.
It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.
Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,
“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”
But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth
was able to open the scroll or to examine it.
I shed many tears because no one was found worthy
to open the scroll or to examine it.
One of the elders said to me, “Do not weep.
The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed,
enabling him to open the scroll with its seven seals.”
Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne
and the four living creatures and the elders
a Lamb that seemed to have been slain.
He had seven horns and seven eyes;
these are the seven spirits of God sent out into the whole world.
He came and received the scroll from the right hand
of the one who sat on the throne.
When he took it,
the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders
fell down before the Lamb.
Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense,
which are the prayers of the holy ones.
They sang a new hymn:
“Worthy are you to receive the scroll
and break open its seals,
for you were slain and with your Blood you purchased for God
those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation.
You made them a kingdom and priests for our God,
and they will reign on earth.”
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Luke
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.”
Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious
The Word of God for Us
Dear people of God,
The Word of God in the Gospel today speaks about Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem, mourning the hard-heartedness of those present in that city. For the Jews waited for the Lord to come to give them peace and to deliver them from the hands of their enemies, but when God came, they were blindfolded by Satan, enamored by the things of the world, so they could not see the truth. God’s presence was among them. The presence of God is His Son, His good works, His teachings from God the Father spoken through the lips of the Son of God, that is, Jesus Christ.
God weeps for Jerusalem, as well as for the children of God, who are enamored with the material things of the world, who forget His teachings, and who fail to put God’s word into practice. The word of God also warns people in today’s world: May you realize today that the peace of God is among you. God also calls people in today’s world to be awake in all places and at all times, to be alert to Satan’s temptations of glory, fame, and gain that can obscure the word of God to all mankind.
The word of God is always engraved and present in the hearts of every person, but people must be awake and listen to the word of God to put it into practice.
Therefore, the Word of God today invites everyone:
Be more vigilant about the words, actions, deeds and thoughts that do not come from God.Turn to God, so that He may give you strength, peace, and happiness.
God is the only One who can bring eternal life and heavenly life to people in today’s world. God’s love is always giving and radiating throughout all of humanity, but people today live far away from the light of God. Therefore, God wants to invite all His children to run to God who is the Light of truth, the Light of eternal life in the Kingdom to come.
Thanks Be to God. Amen.