November 18, 2010
Luke 19: 41-44
In this brief selection from the Gospel of Saint Luke, Christ foretells the destruction of the Temple in words that are chilling and ominous:
“For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise
A palisade against you;
They will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
And they will not leave one stone upon another within you because
You did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
This prophecy was, in fact, fulfilled in the year 70 A.D. when the Roman Emperor Titus came to Jerusalem and undertook his campaign of destruction.
During these last days of the church’s Liturgical Year of Grace, we are asked to reflect on the transitory nature of all creation.
The Holy Spirit is prompting us to realize that we must avoid an inordinate attachment to material things, no matter how beautiful or costly. One day all such things will cease to be.
Rather, we should look, on the one hand, at this world as a gift from God to be used and enjoyed as a sign of God’s love for us. But on the other hand, we must understand with Saint Augustine that here we have no lasting home and our hearts are restless until they rest in You, O Lord.” (Confessions)