Sunday, August 24 was the tenth Sunday after Trinity, but in the Anglican tradition it is also the feast day of the martyred apostle St. Bartholomew and for that reason the altar color was red for martyrs. Bartholomew was mentioned in the lists of the apostles in the gospels (Mark 3:18) and in Acts and is thought to be identical with Nathaniel.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the gospel for the day, St. Luke 19:41, “And when he (Jesus) was come near, he beheld the city and wept over it…” The city in question is Jerusalem and this passage is known as the “weeping over Jerusalem” passage. In it Jesus is not only weeping over the physical city, but for the people there and everywhere on earth. Jerusalem was at the time a great Roman city built by King Herod and also the site of the King Solomon’s Temple, which would be destroyed by the Roman Emperor Titus in 70 AD; Jesus knew what was going to happen to the city, but its inhabitants did not. For Christians Jerusalem is our symbolic home Jesus wanted to renew the city spiritually just as he renews us spiritually.
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