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Jerusalem, City of God

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Today’s Readings

  • 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.

Greg_Olsen_WHEREVER_HE_LEADS_ME_525The 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.

Zechariah 8:20-23
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20Thus saith the Lord of hosts, until people come, and dwell in many cities,
21And the inhabitants go one to another, saying: Let us go, and entreat the face of the Lord, and let us seek the Lord of hosts: I also will go.
22And many peoples, and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the face of the Lord.
23Thus saith the Lord of hosts: In those days, wherein ten men of all languages of the Gentiles shall take hold, and shall hold fast the shirt of one that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
Luke 9:51-56
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51And it came to pass, when the days of his assumption were accomplishing, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.
52And he sent messengers before his face; and going, they entered into a city of the Samaritans, to prepare for him.
53And they received him not, because his face was of one going to Jerusalem.
54And when his disciples James and John had seen this, they said: Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?
55And turning, he rebuked them, saying: You know not of what spirit you are.
56The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save. And they went into another town.

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