Gospel for September 24, 2011, Saturday
Psalter: Week 1
25th Week in Ordinary Time
Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13
The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
1st Reading: Zec 2:5–9, 14–15a
Raising my eyes again, I saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered, “I’m going to measure Jerusalem, to find its width and its length.” As the angel who spoke to me came forward, another angel met him and said, “Run and tell this to that young man: ‘Jerusalem will remain unwalled because of its multitude of people and live-stock.’ For this is the word of Yahweh: I myself will be around her like a wall of fire, and also within her in Glory.”
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for I am about to come, I shall dwell among you,” says Yahweh.
On that day, many nations will join Yahweh and be my people, but my dwelling is among you.”
Gospel: Lk 9:43b–45
While all were amazed at everything Jesus did, he said to his disciples, “Listen and remember what I tell you now: The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands.” But the disciples didn’t understand this saying; something prevented them from grasping what he meant, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
We always want our stories to have a happy ending but we cannot just jump into the “And they lived happily ever after” line right away. There’s always a big temptation to skip the conflicts and tensions. Something prevented the disciples from grasping the message of Jesus. He will be delivered into human hands. The disciples were afraid to ask for they knew that tensions could not be avoided. If the Master has to suffer and be delivered into human hands, does it not also imply that we have to face the same fate as followers of Christ? We too will be delivered into the hands of man and only after then can we look forward to a happy ending.
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