The Lion of Judah

Homily for Thursday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time | Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary

This morning we have another example of how our readings are speaking to us of the end times. In the Gospel, we hear Jesus foretelling the destruction of the city of Jerusalem, which will happen about 40 years later in the year 70 AD. Jesus had done everything He could to get the people of the city to recognize Him as the Messiah, to bring them to conversion…and yet they couldn’t believe that He was the Son of God.

The first reading from the Book of Revelation reminds us that Jesus is in fact the Messiah, that He is the Lion of Judah, the Lamb worthy to break open the seals on the scroll. It’s giving us the true reality of what Jesus came to accomplish. He wasn’t the political Messiah that the people of the Jewish faith had desired, instead He was the true Messiah, sent to save us from the pains of sin and death. The first reading shows us exactly what Jesus accomplished.

The Lord was victorious; He was triumphant. Even if destruction and ruin come to our cities and to our world, none of that matters in the grand scheme of things because we have the Lord. We have a Savior who promised us that, even though the world may come to an end, even if persecution happens to us, even though we may endure struggles and challenges in our lives, He is victorious. We will have life. We will be with Him for eternity. We will overcome the strife that we so often face. We will win the crown of righteousness…if we remain faithful to Him.

Today, let’s ask for the grace to always remain rooted in Christ’s promise that He is with us, that we may have the faith to always turn to Him when struggles come, that we may always find hope in the promise that He is victorious and that we will be as well. May He always be our strength and our consolation. 

Photo: The Lion of Judah, taken by A. Davey. Used under Creative Commons license, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Published by Fr. Tom Pringle

Priest of the Diocese of Orlando. Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando.

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