The Road to Jerusalem

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 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.

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JerusalemSirach 36:1,4-5,10-17Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

A Prayer for God’s People

36 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, the God of all, and look upon us,

As in us thou hast been sanctified before them,
    so in them be thou magnified before us;
and let them know thee, as we have known
    that there is not God but thee, O Lord.

10 Crush the heads of the rulers of the enemy,
    who say, “There is no one but ourselves.”
11 Gather all the tribes of Jacob,
    and give[a] them their inheritance, as at the beginning.
12 Have mercy, O Lord, upon the people called by thy name,
    upon Israel, whom thou hast likened to a[b] first-born son.
13 Have pity on the city of thy sanctuary,[c]
    Jerusalem, the place of thy rest.
14 Fill Zion with the celebration of thy wondrous deeds,
    and thy temple[d] with thy glory.
15 Bear witness to those whom thou didst create in the beginning,
    and fulfil the prophecies spoken in thy name.
16 Reward those who wait for thee,
    and let thy prophets be found trustworthy.
17 Hearken, O Lord, to the prayer of thy servants,
    according to the blessing of Aaron for thy people,
and all who are on the earth will know
    that thou art the Lord, the God of the ages.

Footnotes:

JerusalemPsalm 79:8,9,11,13 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Psalm 79

Plea for Mercy for Jerusalem

A Psalm of Asaph.

Do not remember against us the iniquities of our forefathers;
    let thy compassion come speedily to meet us,
    for we are brought very low.
Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of thy name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
    for thy name’s sake!

11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before thee;
    according to thy great power preserve those doomed to die!

13 Then we thy people, the flock of thy pasture,
    will give thanks to thee for ever;
    from generation to generation we will recount thy praise.

JerusalemMark 10:32-45Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.”

The Request of James and John

35 And James and John, the sons of Zeb′edee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE) The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Excerpt from Commentary on Mark 10:32-45 Source: Living Space Wednesday of week 8 of Ordinary Time – Gospel | Sacred Space

“They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem.”  A statement of fact but pregnant with meaning.  They were on the road, not just any road, but THE road and that road goes to Jerusalem and points to all that Jerusalem will mean for Jesus and his followers.  Jesus is the Road, the Way and his way brings him to Jerusalem, the carrying of his cross, the letting go of his life in love of his Father and us, leading to the final triumph.  Those who wish to be his disciples have to be ready to walk that road with him.

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