Scripture: 1st Reading: Zech2,1-5,10-11; Resp. Psalm: Jeremiah31,10-13; Gosp. Accl.: 2Tim1,10; Gospel: Lk9,43-45
One of the most exciting message any one can wish to hear is to be told that the negative reversals of the past would revisited and that one would be restored to to what one used to be. Anyone who has experienced any setback in life understands the sentiments of joy and well-being experienced at the announcement of such tidings. This is to be expected because each of us wants revival, renewal, restoration and wholeness. As it is with us, so it was with Israel.
The prophecy of Zechariah in today's First Reading is best understood within this same mindset. Jerusalem will be restored again to the former glory it had before the calamities of the exile. It will become a prosperous city once again that it will attract inhabitants to its walls. It will swell with cattle, the signs of prosperity in ancient times. It shall be inhabited as villages without walls. Yahweh will not be far from His city because He will be to her "a wall of fire round about" and "the glory within her."
The restored glory of Jerusalem shall attract nations to her. These shall join themselves to the Lord and shall become His people. These were prophecies that had both immediate and futuristic consequences for the people. In fidelity to His word, Yahweh restored His city and His people back to their land. But in a way, this was a prophetic pronouncement for the future when through the One that Yahweh would send, all the nations of the earth would come to become God's people. Through Him, God will dwell in the midst of His people.
In the gospel today, our Lord made it very clear how He would achieve that: it would be through his deliverance into the hands of men. In other words, the restoration of humanity and the end of hostility between God and His people would be achieved when the Son of God voluntarily gave Himself up at the time of His passion and death, for the salvation of men. Through that singular, unrepeatable event, the restoration of estranged humanity would be achieved.
This is the good news that God has for us today. This is the good news St. Jerome committed his entire life to propagate with his immense talents and passionate love. Jerome dedicated his life to the word of God, translated the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek into Latin and wrote copious commentaries on the revealed word of God. May he intercede for us so that our love for the word may continue to grow.
Let us pray: "O God, who gave the Priest Saint Jerome a living and tender love for Sacred Scripture, grant that your people may be ever more fruitfully nourished by your word and find in it the fount of life." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.