Jerusalem, City of God
- Reading I: Zechariah 8:20-23
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 87
- Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51-56
We Have Heard that God is With You
The reading from Zechariah continues the one from yesterday. God will restore Jerusalem and fill it with inhabitants. He will rescue the dispersed of Israel and bring them home. But not only them. Jerusalem will become a centre for all nations, it’s boundaries, "catholic".
The responsorial psalm, taken from Psalm 87 proclaims the hope in a Catholic Jerusalem. The image is that of a census where people declare their birthplace to a scribe. The great nations are personified and described as declaring that they are from Zion. All men and women "enroll" themselves declaring their birthplace as Zion, the city of God.
The psalm inspired Jewish proselytism, of course, but it was to be fulfilled during Pentecost when the small band of Jesus’ disciples were "baptized" in the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim their faith in different tongues.
The Journey to Jerusalem
In our lectio cursiva of the gospel of Luke, we now turn to the beginning of Jesus’ ascent to Jerusalem. We are told that he "resolutely determined" to journey to David’s city. In a previous scene, Jesus was transfigured before three of his disciples and there appeared with him Elijah and Moses who conversed with him about his "exodus". This "going out", this "exodus" is Jesus’ path towards Jerusalem, where he will be rejected, put to death, but on the third day will rise again.
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