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The Hour Is Coming

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I say it all of the time.

If you ever travel to the Holy Land, it will have a daily impact on how deep you are able to go into the Daily Readings at Mass.

Not once in a while.

Not every few weeks.

Not even every other day.

Every single day.

Today’s Gospel and Old Testament Readings both bear this out, but let’s just focus on the Gospel Reading.

Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.

A few days ago, we read about the resurrection of Lazarus, which occurred on the southeast slope of the Mount of Olives.

Today, we read of the end of times, when the Messiah returns and all the graves are opened and each one given over to the judgment.

Look at the photo. It is of the Mount of Olives. The oldest active cemetery in Israel, perhaps the world.

According to Jewish Tradition, when the Messiah comes, these graves will be opened first.

It’s easy to imagine. It happened to Lazarus before it happened to anyone else along that slope.

A foretaste? To be sure.

The memories and Readings make me glad I went. They also make me ready to go back.

Scripture has a place. It is rooted in a place.

Here.

Behold, this is where it began.

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