Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional and Bible Study – 33rd Week in Ordinary time – Thursday – Luke 19:41-44
As His long ascent towards Jerusalem nears the end, Christ is welcomed by massive crowds who lay down palm branches and hail Him as a conquering king. Gazing upon Jerusalem (meaning “City of Peace”), Christ weeps over the coming fate of His great city and the many souls who have and will reject the salvation He alone brings.
The God of Creation, who is with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1), recalls the establishment of Jerusalem for His Chosen People. Christ recalls Israel’s rejection of God that culminates in the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and the exile to Babylon. He accurately foresees Israel’s rejection of Him and His Crucifixion during Passion Week and the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. In the coming destruction, Christ remarkably foresees the Roman siege in which the Romans surround Jerusalem, built ramparts (cast up a bank) and trap the Jews inside (hem you in) and ultimately slaughter them; It is estimated that over a million Jews died during the Jewish rebellion.
Christ weeps as He foresees: “For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will…dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Those who reject Christ reject peace.
Awed by Jesus Christ – Son of God, Christ’s awareness is eternal and He recalls ancient events and future events; eternal, He is beyond time and space. Divine Prophet, Christ accurately predicts the coming destruction of Jerusalem 40 years in the future. Son of Man, Christ expresses deep sorrow and loss over the many souls who will perish, both physically and eternally.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) As a Divine Person, Christ has both a divine nature and human nature. Marvel how in the Incarnation, God personally experiences the joys and sorrows of His Creation as the Perfect Man.
2) Despite God’s 5th Commandment forbidding the murder of innocent life (Ex 20:13), many Catholic men continue to support abortion, denying the child in the womb is a child. Meditate upon Christ’s own words, “your children within you”, which confirm that after a contraception a child exists in a woman’s womb; also note His anguish (Christ wept!) over the murder of innocent life.
3) In every age, calamities occur: financial collapse, war, plague, social unrest, earth upheavals, etc. Christ confirms that great distress will occur before His return. Pray for Christ to help you grow in faith and to be well-prepared to face the inevitable trials.
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Luminous Mysteries
Daily Devotion – The Holy Eucharist
Virtue of the Day – Fortitude
Corporal Work of Mercy – To shelter the homeless
Spiritual Work of Mercy – To bear wrongs patiently