As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19-41-42).
God looks upon our suffering… and he weeps. Of all the heart-wrenching moments in the Bible, this one really tugs deep within. Here we see God coming face to face with the consequences of sin. Why does a good God allow suffering? Greater minds than mine have tackled this age-old question of the human heart, but when I hear of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem, I see him crying over me. I see him crying with me.
What makes for peace? Mother Teresa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for her work for bringing help to suffering humanity,” knew a thing or two about peace. The truth was not hidden from her eyes. She said, “I see Jesus in every human being.” Mother Teresa drew near, she saw, she wept… she loved. It was within the mystery of human suffering that she encountered God.
“Unless we believe and see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing disguise of the poor.” (Mother Teresa)
We need to be seen, not with lust, but with love. Not as an object to be used but as a child to be cherished. We need to be heard, not with criticism, but with compassion. Not in haste, but with patience. We need to be acknowledged, not as a curse but as a blessing. Not as a burden but as a gift. And when these things don’t happen, we need someone to be our witness… we need someone to see.
Jesus drew near… he saw… and wept with me.
Let us pray:
Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Amen. (From the Collect)
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