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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Feast Day: July 29

GOSPEL (Luke XIX. 41-47.) At that time, when Jesus drew near Jerusalem, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying: If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and straiten thee on every side, and beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee: and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone, because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation. And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought, saying to them: It is written, My house is the house of, prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. And he was teaching daily in the temple



Why did our Saviour weep over the city of Jerusalem?

Because of the ingratitude and obduracy of its inhabitants who would not receive Him as their Redeemer, and who through impenitence were hastening to destruction.


When was the time of visitation?

The period in which God sent them one prophet after another who urged them to penance, and whom they persecuted, stoned, and killed. (Matt. XXIII. 34.) It was especially the time of Christ's ministry, when He so often announced His salutary doctrine in the temple of Jersualem, confirmed it by miracles, proving Himself to be the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, but was despised and rejected by this hardened and impenitent city.

Who are prefigured by this hardened and impenitent city?

The hard-hearted, unrepenting sinners who will not recognize the time of God's visitation, in which He urges them by the mouth of His preachers, confessors, and superiors, and by inward inspiration to reform their lives and seek the salvation of their soul, but who give no ear to these admonitions, and defer conversion to the end of their lives. Their end will be like to that of this impious city; then the enemy, that is, the evil spirit, will surround their soul, tempt, terrify, and drag it into the abyss of ruin. Oh, how foolish it is to squander so lightly, the time of grace, the days of salvation! Oh, how would the damned do penance, could they but return to earth! Oh, how industriously would they employ the time to save their soul! Use, then, my dear Christian, the time of grace which God designs for you, and which, when it is run out or carelessly thrown away, will not be lengthened for a moment.

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"He began to cast out those who were selling and buying in (the temple). 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves" (Gospel).


The tears of Jesus! The lashes of His righteous anger! Why does Jesus still weep? Why must He still "cast out?" Because amongst us there are those who desecrate what is consecrate–their baptized, Christened souls! even as Jerusalem, chosen by God, rejects His Christ (Gospel).

Consider what happened to "idolaters," rejecting God; to materialists who lived merely "to eat and drink, and . . .play." War, disease, famine, depression were the penalty. "There fell in one day twenty-three thousand". Yet do not go through life with a fear complex. "God....will not permit you to be tempted beyond your strength" (Epistle).

Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2012-07-29
http://sspxasia.com/Documents/The_Church_Year/Pentecost_9th_Sunday.htm

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