Book of Zechariah
Thus says the LORD of hosts: There shall yet come peoples, the inhabitants of many
and the inhabitants of one city shall approach
those of another, and say, "Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD"; and, "I too will go
to seek the LORD."
Many peoples and strong nations
shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to implore the favor of the
Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten
men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold, yes, take hold of every Jew
by the edge of his garment and say, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with
A psalm of the Korahites. A song. The
LORD loves the city founded on holy mountains,
the gates of Zion more than any dwelling in Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! Selah
From Babylon and Egypt I count those who acknowledge the LORD. Philistia, Ethiopia, Tyre,
of them it can be said: "This one was born there."
But of Zion it must be said: "They all were
born here." The Most High confirms this;
the Lord notes
in the register of the peoples: "This one was born here." Selah
So all sing in their festive dance: "Within you is my true home."
Holy Gospel of Jesus
Christ according to Saint Luke 9:51-56.
When the days for Jesus to be taken up
were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to
prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome
him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down
fire from heaven to consume them?"
Jesus turned and
and they journeyed to another
Commentary of the day
(1221-1274), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church
Soul's journey into God, 7 (trans. ©Classics of Western spirituality)
"He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem"
Christ is «the way and the door» (Jn 14,6;
10,7); Christ is the ladder and the vehicle..., «the mystery hidden from eternity» (Mt 13,35).
Whoever turns his face fully to the Mercy Seat and with faith, hope and love, devotion, admiration,
exultation, appreciation, praise and joy beholds him hanging on the cross: such a one makes the
Pasch, that is, the Passover, with Christ (cf. Mk 14,14). By the staff of the cross he passes over
the Red Sea (cf. Ex 14,16)... In this passing over, if it is to be perfect, all intellectual
activities must be left behind and the height of our affection must be totally transferred and
transformed into God. This, however, is mystical and most secret, which «no one knows except him who
receives it» (Rv 2,17), no one receives except him who desires it, and no one desires except him who
is inflamed in his very marrow by the fire of the Holy Spirit whom Christ sent into the world. And
therefore the Apostle Paul says that this mystical wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit (1Cor
But if you
wish to know how these things come about, ask grace not instruction... darkness not clarity, not
light but the fire that totally inflames and carries us into God by ecstatic unctions and burning
affections. This fire is God, and «his furnace is in Jerusalem» (Is 31,9); and Christ enkindles
in the heat of his burning passion.... Whoever loves
this death on the cross can see God because it is true beyond doubt that «Man will not see me and
live» (Ex 33,20).
Let us, then, die and enter into the darkness; let us impose silence upon our cares, our
desires and our imaginings. With Christ crucified let us pass «out of this world to the Father» (Jn
13,1) so that when the Father is shown to us, we may say with Philip: «It is enough for us» (Jn
14,8). Let us hear with Paul: «My grace is sufficient for you» (2Cor 12,9). Let us rejoice with
David saying: «My flesh and my heart have grown faint; You are the God of my heart, and the God that
is my portion forever» (Ps 73,26).