Gospel of Luke 19:41-44 Reflection:
Here we have one of those readings that smart people argue over. The gospel of Luke was written some years after the fall of Jerusalem and in this passage Jesus foretells the destruction of the city. Some say that Luke looked on Jesus and imagined that this is what he would have said.
Reading through today’s gospel what strikes me is the phrase ‘all because you not recognise your opportunity when God offered it.’
How many times in our life do we come away from a situation having done nothing and then later seen that there was an opportunity to do something?
We are always falling short of the glory of God, in our relationships and in our actions. Thankfully God also teaches us not to be too hard on ourselves and gives us plenty of chances to make up for mistakes of the past.
Jesus also says that it is a pity that the Jews did not understand his message of peace. Perhaps this is a reference to their awaiting the great messiah who was going to through off the yoke of Rome and restore Israel’s glory.
We also have that tendency when it comes to God: we are often waiting on him to do the big thing, the grand entrance or the wonderful miracle in our life that shall fix everything once and for all.
Unfortunately it does not work like that. We are called to a life of constant effort and vigilance, a life in which we can never take our eyes off the goal which is eternal life.
The message today, that we so often miss what is going on right in front of our eyes, is still very valid.
Lord, help us to see!