Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Reading 1 RV 5:1-10

I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.
It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.
Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,
“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”
But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth
was able to open the scroll or to examine it.
I shed many tears because no one was found worthy
to open the scroll or to examine it.
One of the elders said to me, “Do not weep.
The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed,
enabling him to open the scroll with its seven seals.”

Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne
and the four living creatures and the elders
a Lamb that seemed to have been slain.
He had seven horns and seven eyes;
these are the seven spirits of God sent out into the whole world.
He came and received the scroll from the right hand
of the one who sat on the throne.
When he took it,
the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders
fell down before the Lamb.
Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense,
which are the prayers of the holy ones.
They sang a new hymn:

“Worthy are you to receive the scroll
and break open its seals,
for you were slain and with your Blood you purchased for God
those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation.
You made them a kingdom and priests for our God,
and they will reign on earth.”
 

Responsorial Psalm PS 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B

R. (Rev. 5:10) The Lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lamb has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
or:
R. Alleluia.

 

 

Alleluia PS 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 19:41-44

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.
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.”

– – –

Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Knowing Christ, Our Peace / Conociéndo a Cristo, Nuestro Paz

In the Bible I keep on my desk at work, today’s Gospel passage has the heading “The Lament of Jerusalem.” That makes sense. Throughout the whole passage, Jesus is certainly lamenting over the city of Jerusalem. It even says that He weeps over it before speaking about what will happen if Jerusalem does not begin to know “what makes for peace,” and it’s not pretty. 

It makes me wonder what Jesus would say and do if He walked past one of our cities today and saw the state of our culture. Talk about a lament. If we use this past Sunday’s Gospel as a measuring stick, we have nation turning against nation, people turning against one another, wars and so much more. It begs the question – do we ourselves know what makes for peace? Does our society know what makes for peace? Survey says … not really. 

There is such a desire for peace in the world today. That’s why many people will jokingly say that they want “world peace” for Christmas or their birthdays – because they see war, strife, discord and more in the world today. All of that adds up to a lack of peace. And often, they make this response jokingly, knowing full well that they will never actually get world peace as a gift.

Would we be desiring peace if we had peace already? Perhaps, because we know exactly what we’re asking for we would surely want more of it. But I have to believe that the reason so many people want peace in the world is because they don’t see peace or are experiencing a lack of peace for themselves. 

The reason Jerusalem did not know peace and soon would be in ruins was because it did not know Jesus or accept Him as the Messiah. Jesus is the one who brings peace. Especially in recent years, our society has rejected Jesus and everything to do with Christianity. 

So what can we do to bring Jesus Christ to the world, to bring peace into the world? We must take our mission of evangelization seriously – to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19-20) We must share the message of Jesus with the world so that the world comes to know Him and love Him and can experience the peace He offers. 

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En la Biblia que tengo en mi escritorio en el trabajo, el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy tiene el título “El Lamento de Jerusalén”. Eso tiene sentido. A lo largo de todo el pasaje, Jesús ciertamente se lamenta por la ciudad de Jerusalén. Incluso dice que Él llora por eso antes de hablar de lo que sucederá si Jerusalén no comienza a saber “lo que hace a la paz”, y no es bonito.

Me hace preguntarme qué diría y haría Jesús si pasara por una de nuestras ciudades hoy y viera el estado de nuestra cultura. Habla de un lamento. Si usamos el Evangelio del domingo pasado como vara de medir, tenemos nación volviéndose contra nación, gente volviéndose unos contra otros, guerras y mucho más. Plantea la pregunta: ¿sabemos nosotros mismos lo que contribuye a la paz? ¿Sabe nuestra sociedad lo que contribuye a la paz? La verdad que no.

Hay mucho deseo de paz en el mundo de hoy. Es por eso que muchas personas dicen en broma que quieren “la paz mundial” para Navidad o sus cumpleaños, porque ven guerra, lucha, discordia y más en el mundo de hoy. Todo eso se suma a la falta de paz, y a menudo, dan esta respuesta en broma, sabiendo muy bien que en realidad nunca obtendrán la paz mundial como regalo.

¿Estaríamos deseando la paz si ya tuviéramos la paz? Tal vez, porque sabemos exactamente lo que estamos pidiendo, seguramente querríamos más. Pero tengo que creer que la razón por la que tantas personas quieren la paz en el mundo es porque no ven la paz o están experimentando una falta de paz para ellos mismos.

La razón por la que Jerusalén no conoció la paz y pronto estaría en ruinas fue porque no conoció a Jesús ni lo aceptó como el Mesías. Jesús es el que trae la paz. Especialmente en los últimos años, nuestra sociedad ha rechazado a Jesús y todo lo que tiene que ver con el cristianismo.

Entonces, ¿qué podemos hacer para traer a Jesucristo al mundo, para traer paz al mundo? Debemos tomar en serio nuestra misión de evangelizar: “Id, pues, y haced discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo, enseñándoles a guardar todo lo que te he ordenado.” (Mt 28,19-20) Debemos compartir el mensaje de Jesús con el mundo para que el mundo llegue a conocerlo y amarlo y pueda experimentar la paz que Él ofrece.

Comunicarse con la autora


Erin is a Cleveland native and graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is passionate about the Lord Jesus, all things college sports and telling stories and she is blessed enough to get paid for all three of her passions as a full-time youth minister and a freelance sports writer.

Feature Image Credit: Jonathan Meyer, unsplash.com/photos/e9IHjxScV48

Knowing Christ, Our Peace / Conociéndo a Cristo, Nuestro Paz

In the Bible I keep on my desk at work, today’s Gospel passage has the heading “The Lament of Jerusalem.” That makes sense. Throughout the whole passage, Jesus is certainly lamenting over the city of Jerusalem. It even says that He weeps over it before speaking about what will happen if Jerusalem does not begin to know “what makes for peace,” and it’s not pretty. 

It makes me wonder what Jesus would say and do if He walked past one of our cities today and saw the state of our culture. Talk about a lament. If we use this past Sunday’s Gospel as a measuring stick, we have nation turning against nation, people turning against one another, wars and so much more. It begs the question – do we ourselves know what makes for peace? Does our society know what makes for peace? Survey says … not really. 

There is such a desire for peace in the world today. That’s why many people will jokingly say that they want “world peace” for Christmas or their birthdays – because they see war, strife, discord and more in the world today. All of that adds up to a lack of peace. And often, they make this response jokingly, knowing full well that they will never actually get world peace as a gift.

Would we be desiring peace if we had peace already? Perhaps, because we know exactly what we’re asking for we would surely want more of it. But I have to believe that the reason so many people want peace in the world is because they don’t see peace or are experiencing a lack of peace for themselves. 

The reason Jerusalem did not know peace and soon would be in ruins was because it did not know Jesus or accept Him as the Messiah. Jesus is the one who brings peace. Especially in recent years, our society has rejected Jesus and everything to do with Christianity. 

So what can we do to bring Jesus Christ to the world, to bring peace into the world? We must take our mission of evangelization seriously – to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19-20) We must share the message of Jesus with the world so that the world comes to know Him and love Him and can experience the peace He offers. 

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En la Biblia que tengo en mi escritorio en el trabajo, el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy tiene el título “El Lamento de Jerusalén”. Eso tiene sentido. A lo largo de todo el pasaje, Jesús ciertamente se lamenta por la ciudad de Jerusalén. Incluso dice que Él llora por eso antes de hablar de lo que sucederá si Jerusalén no comienza a saber “lo que hace a la paz”, y no es bonito.

Me hace preguntarme qué diría y haría Jesús si pasara por una de nuestras ciudades hoy y viera el estado de nuestra cultura. Habla de un lamento. Si usamos el Evangelio del domingo pasado como vara de medir, tenemos nación volviéndose contra nación, gente volviéndose unos contra otros, guerras y mucho más. Plantea la pregunta: ¿sabemos nosotros mismos lo que contribuye a la paz? ¿Sabe nuestra sociedad lo que contribuye a la paz? La verdad que no.

Hay mucho deseo de paz en el mundo de hoy. Es por eso que muchas personas dicen en broma que quieren “la paz mundial” para Navidad o sus cumpleaños, porque ven guerra, lucha, discordia y más en el mundo de hoy. Todo eso se suma a la falta de paz, y a menudo, dan esta respuesta en broma, sabiendo muy bien que en realidad nunca obtendrán la paz mundial como regalo.

¿Estaríamos deseando la paz si ya tuviéramos la paz? Tal vez, porque sabemos exactamente lo que estamos pidiendo, seguramente querríamos más. Pero tengo que creer que la razón por la que tantas personas quieren la paz en el mundo es porque no ven la paz o están experimentando una falta de paz para ellos mismos.

La razón por la que Jerusalén no conoció la paz y pronto estaría en ruinas fue porque no conoció a Jesús ni lo aceptó como el Mesías. Jesús es el que trae la paz. Especialmente en los últimos años, nuestra sociedad ha rechazado a Jesús y todo lo que tiene que ver con el cristianismo.

Entonces, ¿qué podemos hacer para traer a Jesucristo al mundo, para traer paz al mundo? Debemos tomar en serio nuestra misión de evangelizar: “Id, pues, y haced discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo, enseñándoles a guardar todo lo que te he ordenado.” (Mt 28,19-20) Debemos compartir el mensaje de Jesús con el mundo para que el mundo llegue a conocerlo y amarlo y pueda experimentar la paz que Él ofrece.

Comunicarse con la autora


Erin is a Cleveland native and graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is passionate about the Lord Jesus, all things college sports and telling stories and she is blessed enough to get paid for all three of her passions as a full-time youth minister and a freelance sports writer.

Feature Image Credit: Jonathan Meyer, unsplash.com/photos/e9IHjxScV48

Knowing Christ, Our Peace / Conociéndo a Cristo, Nuestro Paz

In the Bible I keep on my desk at work, today’s Gospel passage has the heading “The Lament of Jerusalem.” That makes sense. Throughout the whole passage, Jesus is certainly lamenting over the city of Jerusalem. It even says that He weeps over it before speaking about what will happen if Jerusalem does not begin to know “what makes for peace,” and it’s not pretty. 

It makes me wonder what Jesus would say and do if He walked past one of our cities today and saw the state of our culture. Talk about a lament. If we use this past Sunday’s Gospel as a measuring stick, we have nation turning against nation, people turning against one another, wars and so much more. It begs the question – do we ourselves know what makes for peace? Does our society know what makes for peace? Survey says … not really. 

There is such a desire for peace in the world today. That’s why many people will jokingly say that they want “world peace” for Christmas or their birthdays – because they see war, strife, discord and more in the world today. All of that adds up to a lack of peace. And often, they make this response jokingly, knowing full well that they will never actually get world peace as a gift.

Would we be desiring peace if we had peace already? Perhaps, because we know exactly what we’re asking for we would surely want more of it. But I have to believe that the reason so many people want peace in the world is because they don’t see peace or are experiencing a lack of peace for themselves. 

The reason Jerusalem did not know peace and soon would be in ruins was because it did not know Jesus or accept Him as the Messiah. Jesus is the one who brings peace. Especially in recent years, our society has rejected Jesus and everything to do with Christianity. 

So what can we do to bring Jesus Christ to the world, to bring peace into the world? We must take our mission of evangelization seriously – to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19-20) We must share the message of Jesus with the world so that the world comes to know Him and love Him and can experience the peace He offers. 

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En la Biblia que tengo en mi escritorio en el trabajo, el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy tiene el título “El Lamento de Jerusalén”. Eso tiene sentido. A lo largo de todo el pasaje, Jesús ciertamente se lamenta por la ciudad de Jerusalén. Incluso dice que Él llora por eso antes de hablar de lo que sucederá si Jerusalén no comienza a saber “lo que hace a la paz”, y no es bonito.

Me hace preguntarme qué diría y haría Jesús si pasara por una de nuestras ciudades hoy y viera el estado de nuestra cultura. Habla de un lamento. Si usamos el Evangelio del domingo pasado como vara de medir, tenemos nación volviéndose contra nación, gente volviéndose unos contra otros, guerras y mucho más. Plantea la pregunta: ¿sabemos nosotros mismos lo que contribuye a la paz? ¿Sabe nuestra sociedad lo que contribuye a la paz? La verdad que no.

Hay mucho deseo de paz en el mundo de hoy. Es por eso que muchas personas dicen en broma que quieren “la paz mundial” para Navidad o sus cumpleaños, porque ven guerra, lucha, discordia y más en el mundo de hoy. Todo eso se suma a la falta de paz, y a menudo, dan esta respuesta en broma, sabiendo muy bien que en realidad nunca obtendrán la paz mundial como regalo.

¿Estaríamos deseando la paz si ya tuviéramos la paz? Tal vez, porque sabemos exactamente lo que estamos pidiendo, seguramente querríamos más. Pero tengo que creer que la razón por la que tantas personas quieren la paz en el mundo es porque no ven la paz o están experimentando una falta de paz para ellos mismos.

La razón por la que Jerusalén no conoció la paz y pronto estaría en ruinas fue porque no conoció a Jesús ni lo aceptó como el Mesías. Jesús es el que trae la paz. Especialmente en los últimos años, nuestra sociedad ha rechazado a Jesús y todo lo que tiene que ver con el cristianismo.

Entonces, ¿qué podemos hacer para traer a Jesucristo al mundo, para traer paz al mundo? Debemos tomar en serio nuestra misión de evangelizar: “Id, pues, y haced discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo, enseñándoles a guardar todo lo que te he ordenado.” (Mt 28,19-20) Debemos compartir el mensaje de Jesús con el mundo para que el mundo llegue a conocerlo y amarlo y pueda experimentar la paz que Él ofrece.

Comunicarse con la autora


Erin is a Cleveland native and graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is passionate about the Lord Jesus, all things college sports and telling stories and she is blessed enough to get paid for all three of her passions as a full-time youth minister and a freelance sports writer.

Feature Image Credit: Jonathan Meyer, unsplash.com/photos/e9IHjxScV48

Knowing Christ, Our Peace / Conociéndo a Cristo, Nuestro Paz

In the Bible I keep on my desk at work, today’s Gospel passage has the heading “The Lament of Jerusalem.” That makes sense. Throughout the whole passage, Jesus is certainly lamenting over the city of Jerusalem. It even says that He weeps over it before speaking about what will happen if Jerusalem does not begin to know “what makes for peace,” and it’s not pretty. 

It makes me wonder what Jesus would say and do if He walked past one of our cities today and saw the state of our culture. Talk about a lament. If we use this past Sunday’s Gospel as a measuring stick, we have nation turning against nation, people turning against one another, wars and so much more. It begs the question – do we ourselves know what makes for peace? Does our society know what makes for peace? Survey says … not really. 

There is such a desire for peace in the world today. That’s why many people will jokingly say that they want “world peace” for Christmas or their birthdays – because they see war, strife, discord and more in the world today. All of that adds up to a lack of peace. And often, they make this response jokingly, knowing full well that they will never actually get world peace as a gift.

Would we be desiring peace if we had peace already? Perhaps, because we know exactly what we’re asking for we would surely want more of it. But I have to believe that the reason so many people want peace in the world is because they don’t see peace or are experiencing a lack of peace for themselves. 

The reason Jerusalem did not know peace and soon would be in ruins was because it did not know Jesus or accept Him as the Messiah. Jesus is the one who brings peace. Especially in recent years, our society has rejected Jesus and everything to do with Christianity. 

So what can we do to bring Jesus Christ to the world, to bring peace into the world? We must take our mission of evangelization seriously – to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19-20) We must share the message of Jesus with the world so that the world comes to know Him and love Him and can experience the peace He offers. 

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En la Biblia que tengo en mi escritorio en el trabajo, el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy tiene el título “El Lamento de Jerusalén”. Eso tiene sentido. A lo largo de todo el pasaje, Jesús ciertamente se lamenta por la ciudad de Jerusalén. Incluso dice que Él llora por eso antes de hablar de lo que sucederá si Jerusalén no comienza a saber “lo que hace a la paz”, y no es bonito.

Me hace preguntarme qué diría y haría Jesús si pasara por una de nuestras ciudades hoy y viera el estado de nuestra cultura. Habla de un lamento. Si usamos el Evangelio del domingo pasado como vara de medir, tenemos nación volviéndose contra nación, gente volviéndose unos contra otros, guerras y mucho más. Plantea la pregunta: ¿sabemos nosotros mismos lo que contribuye a la paz? ¿Sabe nuestra sociedad lo que contribuye a la paz? La verdad que no.

Hay mucho deseo de paz en el mundo de hoy. Es por eso que muchas personas dicen en broma que quieren “la paz mundial” para Navidad o sus cumpleaños, porque ven guerra, lucha, discordia y más en el mundo de hoy. Todo eso se suma a la falta de paz, y a menudo, dan esta respuesta en broma, sabiendo muy bien que en realidad nunca obtendrán la paz mundial como regalo.

¿Estaríamos deseando la paz si ya tuviéramos la paz? Tal vez, porque sabemos exactamente lo que estamos pidiendo, seguramente querríamos más. Pero tengo que creer que la razón por la que tantas personas quieren la paz en el mundo es porque no ven la paz o están experimentando una falta de paz para ellos mismos.

La razón por la que Jerusalén no conoció la paz y pronto estaría en ruinas fue porque no conoció a Jesús ni lo aceptó como el Mesías. Jesús es el que trae la paz. Especialmente en los últimos años, nuestra sociedad ha rechazado a Jesús y todo lo que tiene que ver con el cristianismo.

Entonces, ¿qué podemos hacer para traer a Jesucristo al mundo, para traer paz al mundo? Debemos tomar en serio nuestra misión de evangelizar: “Id, pues, y haced discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo, enseñándoles a guardar todo lo que te he ordenado.” (Mt 28,19-20) Debemos compartir el mensaje de Jesús con el mundo para que el mundo llegue a conocerlo y amarlo y pueda experimentar la paz que Él ofrece.

Comunicarse con la autora


Erin is a Cleveland native and graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is passionate about the Lord Jesus, all things college sports and telling stories and she is blessed enough to get paid for all three of her passions as a full-time youth minister and a freelance sports writer.

Feature Image Credit: Jonathan Meyer, unsplash.com/photos/e9IHjxScV48

Knowing Christ, Our Peace / Conociéndo a Cristo, Nuestro Paz

In the Bible I keep on my desk at work, today’s Gospel passage has the heading “The Lament of Jerusalem.” That makes sense. Throughout the whole passage, Jesus is certainly lamenting over the city of Jerusalem. It even says that He weeps over it before speaking about what will happen if Jerusalem does not begin to know “what makes for peace,” and it’s not pretty. 

It makes me wonder what Jesus would say and do if He walked past one of our cities today and saw the state of our culture. Talk about a lament. If we use this past Sunday’s Gospel as a measuring stick, we have nation turning against nation, people turning against one another, wars and so much more. It begs the question – do we ourselves know what makes for peace? Does our society know what makes for peace? Survey says … not really. 

There is such a desire for peace in the world today. That’s why many people will jokingly say that they want “world peace” for Christmas or their birthdays – because they see war, strife, discord and more in the world today. All of that adds up to a lack of peace. And often, they make this response jokingly, knowing full well that they will never actually get world peace as a gift.

Would we be desiring peace if we had peace already? Perhaps, because we know exactly what we’re asking for we would surely want more of it. But I have to believe that the reason so many people want peace in the world is because they don’t see peace or are experiencing a lack of peace for themselves. 

The reason Jerusalem did not know peace and soon would be in ruins was because it did not know Jesus or accept Him as the Messiah. Jesus is the one who brings peace. Especially in recent years, our society has rejected Jesus and everything to do with Christianity. 

So what can we do to bring Jesus Christ to the world, to bring peace into the world? We must take our mission of evangelization seriously – to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19-20) We must share the message of Jesus with the world so that the world comes to know Him and love Him and can experience the peace He offers. 

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En la Biblia que tengo en mi escritorio en el trabajo, el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy tiene el título “El Lamento de Jerusalén”. Eso tiene sentido. A lo largo de todo el pasaje, Jesús ciertamente se lamenta por la ciudad de Jerusalén. Incluso dice que Él llora por eso antes de hablar de lo que sucederá si Jerusalén no comienza a saber “lo que hace a la paz”, y no es bonito.

Me hace preguntarme qué diría y haría Jesús si pasara por una de nuestras ciudades hoy y viera el estado de nuestra cultura. Habla de un lamento. Si usamos el Evangelio del domingo pasado como vara de medir, tenemos nación volviéndose contra nación, gente volviéndose unos contra otros, guerras y mucho más. Plantea la pregunta: ¿sabemos nosotros mismos lo que contribuye a la paz? ¿Sabe nuestra sociedad lo que contribuye a la paz? La verdad que no.

Hay mucho deseo de paz en el mundo de hoy. Es por eso que muchas personas dicen en broma que quieren “la paz mundial” para Navidad o sus cumpleaños, porque ven guerra, lucha, discordia y más en el mundo de hoy. Todo eso se suma a la falta de paz, y a menudo, dan esta respuesta en broma, sabiendo muy bien que en realidad nunca obtendrán la paz mundial como regalo.

¿Estaríamos deseando la paz si ya tuviéramos la paz? Tal vez, porque sabemos exactamente lo que estamos pidiendo, seguramente querríamos más. Pero tengo que creer que la razón por la que tantas personas quieren la paz en el mundo es porque no ven la paz o están experimentando una falta de paz para ellos mismos.

La razón por la que Jerusalén no conoció la paz y pronto estaría en ruinas fue porque no conoció a Jesús ni lo aceptó como el Mesías. Jesús es el que trae la paz. Especialmente en los últimos años, nuestra sociedad ha rechazado a Jesús y todo lo que tiene que ver con el cristianismo.

Entonces, ¿qué podemos hacer para traer a Jesucristo al mundo, para traer paz al mundo? Debemos tomar en serio nuestra misión de evangelizar: “Id, pues, y haced discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo, enseñándoles a guardar todo lo que te he ordenado.” (Mt 28,19-20) Debemos compartir el mensaje de Jesús con el mundo para que el mundo llegue a conocerlo y amarlo y pueda experimentar la paz que Él ofrece.

Comunicarse con la autora


Erin is a Cleveland native and graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is passionate about the Lord Jesus, all things college sports and telling stories and she is blessed enough to get paid for all three of her passions as a full-time youth minister and a freelance sports writer.

Feature Image Credit: Jonathan Meyer, unsplash.com/photos/e9IHjxScV48

Knowing Christ, Our Peace / Conociéndo a Cristo, Nuestro Paz

In the Bible I keep on my desk at work, today’s Gospel passage has the heading “The Lament of Jerusalem.” That makes sense. Throughout the whole passage, Jesus is certainly lamenting over the city of Jerusalem. It even says that He weeps over it before speaking about what will happen if Jerusalem does not begin to know “what makes for peace,” and it’s not pretty. 

It makes me wonder what Jesus would say and do if He walked past one of our cities today and saw the state of our culture. Talk about a lament. If we use this past Sunday’s Gospel as a measuring stick, we have nation turning against nation, people turning against one another, wars and so much more. It begs the question – do we ourselves know what makes for peace? Does our society know what makes for peace? Survey says … not really. 

There is such a desire for peace in the world today. That’s why many people will jokingly say that they want “world peace” for Christmas or their birthdays – because they see war, strife, discord and more in the world today. All of that adds up to a lack of peace. And often, they make this response jokingly, knowing full well that they will never actually get world peace as a gift.

Would we be desiring peace if we had peace already? Perhaps, because we know exactly what we’re asking for we would surely want more of it. But I have to believe that the reason so many people want peace in the world is because they don’t see peace or are experiencing a lack of peace for themselves. 

The reason Jerusalem did not know peace and soon would be in ruins was because it did not know Jesus or accept Him as the Messiah. Jesus is the one who brings peace. Especially in recent years, our society has rejected Jesus and everything to do with Christianity. 

So what can we do to bring Jesus Christ to the world, to bring peace into the world? We must take our mission of evangelization seriously – to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19-20) We must share the message of Jesus with the world so that the world comes to know Him and love Him and can experience the peace He offers. 

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En la Biblia que tengo en mi escritorio en el trabajo, el pasaje del Evangelio de hoy tiene el título “El Lamento de Jerusalén”. Eso tiene sentido. A lo largo de todo el pasaje, Jesús ciertamente se lamenta por la ciudad de Jerusalén. Incluso dice que Él llora por eso antes de hablar de lo que sucederá si Jerusalén no comienza a saber “lo que hace a la paz”, y no es bonito.

Me hace preguntarme qué diría y haría Jesús si pasara por una de nuestras ciudades hoy y viera el estado de nuestra cultura. Habla de un lamento. Si usamos el Evangelio del domingo pasado como vara de medir, tenemos nación volviéndose contra nación, gente volviéndose unos contra otros, guerras y mucho más. Plantea la pregunta: ¿sabemos nosotros mismos lo que contribuye a la paz? ¿Sabe nuestra sociedad lo que contribuye a la paz? La verdad que no.

Hay mucho deseo de paz en el mundo de hoy. Es por eso que muchas personas dicen en broma que quieren “la paz mundial” para Navidad o sus cumpleaños, porque ven guerra, lucha, discordia y más en el mundo de hoy. Todo eso se suma a la falta de paz, y a menudo, dan esta respuesta en broma, sabiendo muy bien que en realidad nunca obtendrán la paz mundial como regalo.

¿Estaríamos deseando la paz si ya tuviéramos la paz? Tal vez, porque sabemos exactamente lo que estamos pidiendo, seguramente querríamos más. Pero tengo que creer que la razón por la que tantas personas quieren la paz en el mundo es porque no ven la paz o están experimentando una falta de paz para ellos mismos.

La razón por la que Jerusalén no conoció la paz y pronto estaría en ruinas fue porque no conoció a Jesús ni lo aceptó como el Mesías. Jesús es el que trae la paz. Especialmente en los últimos años, nuestra sociedad ha rechazado a Jesús y todo lo que tiene que ver con el cristianismo.

Entonces, ¿qué podemos hacer para traer a Jesucristo al mundo, para traer paz al mundo? Debemos tomar en serio nuestra misión de evangelizar: “Id, pues, y haced discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo, enseñándoles a guardar todo lo que te he ordenado.” (Mt 28,19-20) Debemos compartir el mensaje de Jesús con el mundo para que el mundo llegue a conocerlo y amarlo y pueda experimentar la paz que Él ofrece.

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Erin is a Cleveland native and graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is passionate about the Lord Jesus, all things college sports and telling stories and she is blessed enough to get paid for all three of her passions as a full-time youth minister and a freelance sports writer.

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