Thursday, November 19, 2020

Videns civitatem (Lk. 19:41)


We may have gone to great lengths to reveal that we love someone. But it turned out that they didn’t accept our love, not even realizing that we loved them. Jesus also felt that way. He has done his best to show his love, yet humans rejected him and ignored him.

In the Gospel today, we hear that Jesus wept. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem: “if this day you only knew what makes for peace-but now it is hidden in your eyes” (Luke 19:42). Jesus was deeply depressed by the fact that his people could not understand what was most significant to peace. They thought that God’s temple was the most important thing. God was the one who could bring peace to his people. The moans of Jesus are the cries of love, concern, and wrestle. He wept with the hope of the best for his people. Yet they don't care. Perhaps there is no denying that Jesus wept on this day. He wept not for Jerusalem but all humanity. He moans over all of us who become his followers. He wept when we no longer gave Him a place in our hearts, at home, in the community because the Lord was no longer the center of our lives. After all, we chose the happiness we created ourselves. Let us open our hearts to listen to Jesus, who always wants the best for us so that he neither feel disappointed nor weep over our lives.

By Sr. Maria Venidora, SND.

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