Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Reading Zechariah 8:20-23
Gospel Luke 9:51-56

He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem....

Jesus sets out for Jerusalem. The name "Jerusalem" literally means "city of peace". It's there that Jesus will be condemned to death for our sins, and from there led to Calvary, a hill just outside the city limits. Calvary is the only way that leads to our destination: the Father's city of eternal peace, the heavenly Jerusalem.
As Jesus heads resolutely to Jerusalem, the City of Peace, He knows that His vocation is to bring peace to each human person. Peace is often, unfortunately, not commonplace in our earthly lives. You and I may not face the sort of persecution that the martyrs faced, but we never seem to have peace as we would wish. Nonetheless, Jesus at the Last Supper said, "Peace I leave you, my peace I give you". So where is this peace in our lives?
Every day God calls us to follow Him. If we worthily receive the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist, He will strengthen us at every "now" of daily life. He wants us to accept the spiritual strength we need to cultivate the virtues of human life. These virtues allow the flourishing and flowering of authentic peace in our lives.