Father Paul Campbell, LC
At that very hour some
Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from
here, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to
them, "Go and tell that fox for me, ´Listen,
I am casting out demons and performing cures today
and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my
work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I
must be on my way, because it is impossible
for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.´
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and
stones those who are sent to it! How often
have I desired to gather your children together as a
hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you
were not willing! See, your house is left to you.
And I tell you, you will not see me
until the time comes when you say, ´Blessed is
the one who comes in the name of the Lord.´"
Introductory Prayer:Lord, I believe in you with a
faith that never seeks to test you. I trust in
you, hoping to learn to accept and follow your
will, even when it does not make sense to
the way that I see things. May my love for
you and those around me be similar to the
love you have shown to me.
want to be convinced of your personal love for
1. Persevering in the Mission: Jesus encounters opposition
on his journey to Jerusalem. Pharisees come to warn
him of Herod. Jesus is undeterred. He knows that the
Father’s will is for him to go to Jerusalem
and surrender his life on the cross. He doesn’t
hide or seek to escape from his Father’s will.
He knows that the cross lies ahead of him, but
he also knows that death and the cross are
not the end. Beyond death is the Resurrection: “On
the third day I finish my work.” Christ’s example should
give us confidence to move forward in the face
of our own difficulties and struggles. We should turn
to him because he knows how to persevere in the
mission. And since he wants to be involved in
our life, he will accompany us on our journey. He
is always with us ready to give us the
help of his grace and the strength of his hand.
2. A Heart Open to Others: Jesus cried for
Jerusalem. His heart was not closed to others. He
was not absorbed in himself or his own problems. He
freely offered his life for others. Others rejected him,
but he never rejected them. He was not bitter
towards those who would make him suffer. He loved, and
he never ceases to love. As a hen gathers
her young under her wings, so does God long to
draw all men and women to himself. We need
to let God draw us to himself.
3. Pray for
Those Who Persecute You: Jesus sets an example for
us to follow. Our hearts should not be closed.
We need to be open to the needs of those
around us, even those who may attack the Church
and persecute us. Jesus loved his enemies. He prayed
for those who persecuted him. He blessed those who cursed
him. He sought only their good, and he sacrificed
himself for them. He shows us the way to live
an authentically Christian life. To be faithful to him,
we need to reach out in love even to
those people who don’t think and act like us.
Conversation with Christ:Lord, help me to follow your inspirations always.
Often there is good that I want to do,
but I hesitate and draw back. Help me to keep
giving even when I’m tired and worn out. Teach
me that you are always with me and that
I am never alone.
Resolution:I will be
open to what a family member or colleague at work
might need, and I will seek to offer my