Homilies on Luke: Fragments on Luke

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HOMILY 38 Luke 19.41-45

On the passage from, "But when he approached, he saw the city and wept over it," up to the point where it says, "He expelled all who were selling doves."

WHEN OUR LORD and Savior approached Jerusalem, he saw the city, wept, and said, "If only you had known on that day what meant peace for you! But now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will surround you with earthworks."1. These are mysteries that are spoken. If God reveals their significance, we hope we can open to you what is hidden. We must first contemplate his weeping. By his example, Jesus confirms all the beatitudes that he speaks in the Gospel. By his own witness, he confirms what he teaches. "Blessed are the meek,"2. he says. He says something similar to this of himself: "Learn from me, for I am meek."3. "Blessed are the peacemakers."4. And what other man brought as much peace as my Lord Jesus, who "is our peace," who "dissolves enmity," and "destroys it in his own flesh"?5. "Blessed are they who suffer persecution on account of justice."6.

2. No one suffered such persecution on account of justice as the Lord Jesus did, who was crucified for our sins. Thus, the Lord exhibited all the beatitudes in himself. For the sake of this likeness, he himself wept, because of what he had said: "Blessed are those who weep,"7. to lay the foundations for this beatitude, too. He wept for Jerusalem "and said, 'If only you

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1.
Lk 29.42-43.
2.
Mt 5.5.
3.
Mt 11.29.
4.
Mt 5.9.
5.
Eph 2.24-25.
6.
Mt 5.20.
7.
Mt 5.4.

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