Scripture: 1st Reading: Zech8,20-23; Resp. Psalm: Ps87,1-7; Gosp. Accl.: Mk10,45; Gospel: Lk9,51-56
Today's word from Prophet Zechariah is full of consolation and hope. We hear in the word that Jerusalem shall once again be the place of encounter and its desolation will end. Its status as a city rejected because of the sins of its inhabitants will change. It shall become the pride of all the nations once again, not because of any inherent splendour of its own, but because Yahweh will come back to dwell within its walls.
The glory of Yahweh's presence will bring prosperity and fame to the city. It shall be the place where nations come to seek the Lord of Hosts and entreat His favour. God will be with His holy city once again. It will become an ensign to all the nations and a source of blessing to them all. As recounted by the Psalmist today, glorious things will be told of Jerusalem, the city of God. Nations unknown and tongues unheard of will come to it. They will be born in her. All will find their home within the great city of God.
The presence of God Almighty makes the difference any time. If God is with anyone or any human institution, prosperity, progress and development are the concomitant fruits. The gospel today shows our Lord in the mould of true and real prophet (Ex23,20), resolutely setting His face towards Jerusalem, the Holy city, the city of the temple, the place of Yahweh's encounter with His people.
The word of God tells us that He was going to Jerusalem when the days drew near for Him to be received up, that is, the events leading up to His death to His glorious Ascension into heaven. We can see here that the greatest sacrificial offering for the redemption and salvation of humanity was going to be consummated within the boundaries of this holy city.
We learn from today's readings that when God is with us, nothing can stop us from prospering and receiving our blessings. St. Therese of the Child Jesus devoted her short but memorable life towards making people recognize the immense love of God for them in their lives. She was a woman of deep, unflinching, immediate, convinced faith in our Lord. She believed and experienced the presence of our Lord in all phases of her short life.
She had a child-like confidence and trust in God's limitless providence and care. All through her life, she outdid others in seeking for holiness. For her, nothing was too great to offer to God. Her spiritual testimonies contained profound insights that she was named doctor of the church.
She was passionately committed to the mission of the church. In recognition of this, Pope Pius XI proclaimed her patroness of the Missions, though in reality, she never stepped outside her Carmelite monastery from the day she entered till the day of her death at the age of twenty four. May she intercede for us to have a child-like trust in God and contribute our quota towards the mission of the Church.
Let us pray: "O God, who open your Kingdom to those who are humble and to little ones, lead us to follow trustingly in the little way of Saint Therese, so that, through her intercession, we may see your eternal glory revealed." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.