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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem... how many times I yearned to gather your children together"

Commentary of the day 
Saint Jerome (347-420), priest, translator of the Bible, Doctor of the Church 
Treatise on Psalm 95; Letter 58,2-4 : PL 22, 580
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem... how many times I yearned to gather your children together"

Christ’s cross supports the human race: upon this column is his house built. When I speak of the cross I’m not thinking about its wood but about the Passion. This cross is to be found as much in Britain as in India, and in the entire world… Happy are they who bear the cross and resurrection in their hearts and the place of Christ’s birth and place of ascension too. Happy are they who possess Bethlehem in their hearts and in whose heart Christ is born each day… Happy are they in whose heart Christ rises to life each day because each day they do penance for their sins, even the lightest. Happy are they who ascend each day from the Mount of Olives to the Kingdom of heaven where the olives are fat ones and the light of Christ is born…

It is not because we have been to Jerusalem but because we have lived a good life in Jerusalem that we should pride ourselves. The city we are to seek is not that which killed the prophets and shed the blood of Christ but that which a stream gladdens in its flood (Ps 45[46],5), which, built on a mountain top, cannot be hidden (Mt 5,12), which the apostle Paul declares to be mother of the saints and in which he rejoices to dwell with the just (cf. Gal 4,26-27).

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