August 15, 2022     7:07 am
81. Week of Sexagesima Sunday - Wednesday
Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets
          O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them that are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left to you desolate. For I say to you, you shall not see me from now on till you shall say: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.   Mathew 23:37-39
          Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by preaching and working miracles, had done so much for the people of Jerusalem in order to reveal Himself to them; but He had always been rejected. On this last Tuesday, in the temple, the chief priests, scribes, and elders of the people had continually harassed and tempted Him. They even plotted how to kill Him. So now, in the presence of all the people, powerfully and repeatedly, Jesus cried woe upon these murderous hypocrites. At last He said: "Why, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them you shall scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city, that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you, All these things shall come upon this generation." And then He pronounced upon the whole of Jerusalem, encrusted in unbelief, self-righteousness, and carnal-mindedness, the stirring, ominous words written above. Yes, He often would have gathered Jerusalem, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings; but they would not allow it. As Jerusalem had always been a murderess of prophets, so even now it brooded murder against Him and His witnesses. Therefore an end must be made of Jerusalem and of the temple and of the service and of the people. And Him, the Saviour, they were not to see from now on, not until they shall see and hear Him on Judgment Day, when, with gnashing of their teeth, they shall be forced to confess that it is He to whom they must say: "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord." (Matt. 23.)
          O you people that call yourself a Christian people, even to-day, how disloyal you are and full of hatred toward Christ! How your Saviour seeks to gather even you with fervent desire, but you would not! What dreadful doom will finally come over you! Christians, Christians, let us accept the Saviour!
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, I thank You that through Your Gospel You have taken me under Your saving wings and until now have kept me there! Govern me, I beseech You, by Your Holy Spirit, lest, after all, I reject such grace. Grant that I may appreciate it always, and accept it ever more thankfully, gladly hearing and learning Your precious Word, living according to it, and being governed by it, to the end that now I may know You to be my gracious Saviour, and when You shall come again, that then I may enter the eternal mansions with You. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:07 am