October 28. O Jerusalem.  “What is happening in Jerusalem and the Middle East as a whole these days continues to be really challenging. While the Jews are holding on for dear life, Christians are on the way out and different forms of Islam are again making inroads into that part of the world.  But there are those who hold on to the belief that this land is God’s gift to his people and where God is present in a unique and special way. However internal conflict is not new and Jesus himself could foresee the destruction of Jerusalem in his day. What about God’s greater city of today?  Have we listened to the prophets of our time?”  “We still dream of a “homeland” for the family of God,” Rabbi Jenkowitz shared.  Fr Meindl responded, “Jesus was on a mission to heal & free people from all evil. His journey was to end in Jerusalem.” 

O Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children as a hen gathers her brood under her wings and you would not!” From Luke 13:31-35.  Pope Francis.  Cities create a permanent ambivalence because while they offer their resident countless possibilities, they also present many people with any number of obstacles to the full development of their lives.  In many parts of the world cities are the scene of mass protests where thousands of people call for freedom, a voice in public life, justice and a variety of demands which cannot be silenced by force.  EG 74. Reflect, share, act and pray.    Have I been concerned about the needs of the poor today?