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DO WE ACCEPT THE SALVATION OF JESUS CHRIST?
Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Thursday, 30th Week of the Year, October 30, 2014
Eph. 6:10-20, Ps. 143, Luke 13:31-35


Scripture quotations are from the RSV unless otherwise noted.

 

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!" (Luke 13:34).


Jesus was sent by the Father to save Jerusalem, but she rejected his salvation. Finally, he reached the summit of the Mount of Olives and caught sight for the first time of the splendid city of Jerusalem, "and when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes'" (Luke 19:41-42).


Jesus came among us and made himself one of us. He came among his own people, the people of God, the chosen people, the Jews. He was the fulfillment of all of God's special revelation to his chosen people. He came to the holy city, Jerusalem, that had his temple. He preached to them; but they did not accept him. Yes, some listened to him, but the people itself with their leaders did not accept him. Therefore he wept over the city when he first caught sight of it from the Mount of Olives.


Instead of receiving him, they had him put to death by the Romans. They killed him, as their fathers killed the prophets. God "sent prophets among them to bring them back to the Lord; these testified against them, but they would not give heed" (2 Chron. 24:19). "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you!" (Luke 13:34). God said to them, "‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.' But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward" (Jer. 7:23-24). "You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although the Lord persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets" (Jer. 25:4).


Do we do the same thing today? Do we accept the salvation that Jesus Christ came to bring us? Do we believe that he died to save us from our sins (1 Cor. 15:3), to forgive us gratuitously for our part and to make us righteous and holy through our faith in him? Do we believe that he saved us from our alienation from God, that is, from spiritual death, by suffering for us our punishment for our sins that we should have suffered for them? Do we believe that we can now walk in God's light through our faith in his death on the cross and that we are made righteous (justified) by his resurrection? Do we then begin to live a new life in Christ, in conformity with his will, and avoid sin to grow still more in our justification and sanctification? Or do we refuse to believe in this salvation?

 

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