Breakfast with the Word Thursday 33rd Week Ordinary Time of the Year B
As the end of His life draws near, Jesus enters Jerusalem in a triumphant gesture. When He approaches Jerusalem, Jesus begins to weep over the city.
Jesus weeps because of their rejection and hardness of heart and consequently the impending danger that follows.
Jerusalem means the land of peace but Jesus accuses the city of not recognizing what makes for her peace.
The point is that Jesus comes to save her. He comes to bring the everlasting peace she longs for, but they reject Him. Instead of accepting the message of salvation, what they offered to God is rejection and constant attack from the Jewish leaders.
Because of their inability to accept salvation and peace that Jesus gives, they instead invite their own destruction.
Why the Rejection
The Jews desire a political messiah that will destroy their enemies and save them from Roman domination.
Instead, God gives them a peaceful Messiah to save them from sin and bring them closer to God. The rejection hence is because this is not what they expect from God.
Sometimes we reject God because the way we expect Him to answer our prayers is not the way it turns out to be.
You pray that God gives you a rich husband, but He brings you a humble but poor one. You pray that He gives you a job that will pay a huge amount of money. Instead, He gives you the one that will be enough for you.
You pray to be put in a higher position. But He gives one that will not give you much trouble. He even goes further to surround you with people that will deeply love you.
Sometimes we reject the opportunities God offers because they are far from our expectation. Today, Jesus also says to us “how I wish you recognise the things that would have given you peace”.
God is more interested to bring you closer to Him and give you peace. He would not want anything that will be a stumbling block to this.
Many today have lost opportunities to be better because what was presented to them is very far from what they want. When we reject God’s opportunities for us, we plunge ourselves into a series of problems.
In Genesis 18, Abraham meets an opportunity to help. He did not think twice in doing that and that single gesture became a blessing to Him.
The Israelites were visited by God but they were spiritually blind to recognize such a divine visitation in the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus weeps not because of what He is going to face but due to their hardness of the heart and failure to recognise what God brings to them.
Jesus weeps because He knows the calamity that will befall the city because of this.
Sometimes after we pray and fast that God comes to our aid, He brings people to our path to be of good help to achieve our life dreams but we end up fighting and incriminating them.
When we eventually lose them, we then begin to understand how important they are to us.
Sometimes you pray that God helps you, and He instead sends you someone to help. We reject the offer because it is not what we want.
God can visit you through the poor, orphans, the needy but we become blind not to discern what is happening at that moment.
How many times have you prayed, and God inspires you to do something? Sometimes you reject it and like the Israelites, and await when God will come down from heaven and do it.
How many times have you heard a sermon, or homily or read a reflection that is directly or indirectly talking to you? But you wave them out because you think it is not your concern?
Jesus weeps at our indifference, He weeps at our lack of discernment, He weeps at our lack of faith and our inability to pay attention to Him. When we reject God, we reject peace, salvation, blessings etc. Accept whatever God gives to you.
May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to understand the mysteries of His kingdom. May His loving presence ever remain with you. Amen
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Amen and Amen. Thank you Padré
Amen.i pray for God’s mercy in any way I have neglected his instructions that might have caused me to miss my blessings.i pray for the spirit of decernment to always understand and know what God wants me to do.amen
Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr.
Holy bless me with a discerning spirit and wisdom to know when God sends me help. Amen
Holy Spirit bless me with a discerning spirit and wisdom to know when God sends me help. Amen
Amen. I pray for everlasting peace in my life
Amen! That we may never lose sight of Thee Lord! Thank you Padre, more grace🙏
Amen 🙏. Amen 🙏
Chai, padre these one shock móóóh
Hmmm, I pray for God’s wisdom and Spirit of Decernment for me and for all family members of Home of Victory, that has read, or are reading or will read these wonderful epistle to be able to decern GOD’S will for us and the Grace to accept whatever He planned and or prepare for us with all our hearts through Christ Our Lord…. AMEN 🙏
Shalom and Remain Blessed Padre🌹🙏
AMEN May the Peace of the Lord always be with you Amen 🙏
Amen, remain blessed Fr. Good morning
Thank you father for this wonderful simon. May the Lord bring me the everlasting peace l hope for and remove anything that will make me reject His peace.
Lord may I never reject the help you give me or the answers to my prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
May God have mercy on me and restore all the opportunity I have lost in the past Amen
Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.
Amen, thank u so much Padre for today’s breakfast with the word. May give us the grace to always believe in words and have faith in him. Amen.
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God bless you Fr
Dearest Jesus please give me the grace of discernment that I may never miss your blessings and peace by rejecting whatever opportunities you send my way each day 🙏
A THUNDEROUS Amen
I pray for the spirit of understanding of what God will say to me in order to effect change in my physical and spiritual life, and may his peace never depart from us throughout our life’s journey on earth.
May God continue to be with you always and grant you all it takes to shepherd his flocks entrusted to your care padre 👏.
Amen Amen; My Dear Jesus help me to accept your will always, cause your will is always the best to live with. Amen
Thanks for another wonderful piece.
I pray they God strengthens the spirit of discernment in me, my faith and prayer life.
Amen, may almighty God help us to have spiritual eyes and ears in Jesus mighty name we pray Amen.
Amen. God bless you Padre.
Amen. Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection.
Amennnnnnnnn.. Lord help me to accept whatever you give to me.
A big Amen
Thank you padre.. very inspiring
Amen Padre and God’s divine wisdom and strength.
my Weeping JESUS
have mercy on me I’m so sorry for Haven offended Thee
please GOD give me the GRACE to do your will AMEN 🙏
Amen! Lord help me to recognise your presence in my life.
Thank you for this rich and interesting reflection Fr.. I learnt a lot