IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT FOR A PROPHET TO DIE OUTSIDE JERUSALEM.
Some Pharisees came up to Jesus. “Go away” they said “Leave this place, because Herod means to kill you.” He replied, “You may go and give that fox this message: Learn that today and tomorrow I cast out devils and on the third day attain my end. But for today and tomorrow and the next day I must go on, since it would not be right for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused! So be it! Your house will be left to you. Yes, I promise you, you shall not see me till the time comes when you say:
Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!”
V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.