24 May Are you ready? (Lk 19:41) by Kathy Castle
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.’ ~ Lk 19:41
Reflection: Jesus weeps for Jerusalem who turns away and does not recognize Him. Do we recognize Christ in our midst? I serve on Koinonia retreats where Christ most definitely is in our midst. Koinonia is a Greek word meaning community. It is often used in the New Testament to refer to the early Christian churches, who met in generally small and intimate settings. A retreat, daily prayer, regular church attendance, Eucharistic adoration, a newborn baby’s cry, a beautiful sunset – all help to open our eyes, so we recognize Him! Surely our Lord weeps for the United States and our world as He sees innocents aborted by the millions. God reminds us that even if a mother forgets her child, He will not forget us (Is 49:15). Jesus has not forgotten us but will our nation recognize Him? Scripture warns us judgment day will come like a thief in the night. Are you ready? Lord, we weep for the loss of the lives of the innocents, the precious Unborn. Forgive us and have mercy on us when we have not spoken up in their defense. Heal us. Transform us. Change the hearts of the people of our nation so that we might be one nation under God. Hear the prayers of your faithful. Amen.
Challenge: If today you hear His voice, harden not your heart! Skip lunch and go to Eucharistic Adoration once a week. Be ready to be amazed at what God has in store! God is calling us to a metanoia, a spiritual transformation, a change of heart.
Pray the LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion.
Inspiration: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” ~ Is 49:15-16
All In Christ for Pro-Life,
* Kathy Castle is the Social Sciences Division Coordinator at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. Kathy is an active team member for the Koinonia retreat program.
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