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.”
Have you ever been so deeply disappointed over something that you cried? I know I have. So did Jesus when he looked over Jerusalem and realized that the people whom he loved did not understand his teaching and would reject him. Not only that…those same people would kill him. Loving God and loving my neighbor are not easy tasks. They require putting aside my ego’s desires and putting God’s desires first. Instead of living to satisfy my ego’s desires for power, prestige and possessions…I’m called to work for the common good and justice for the oppressed…while at the same time loving those who don’t agree with me or who would do me harm. That requires dying to the “false self.” This is the “way of the cross” that Jesus told us to follow…a path that leads us to our “true selves.” Jesus showed the people how to live their lives so that the kingdom of God would come about…but for most that teaching remained hidden from their eyes. For most…it remains hidden today. Loving God…open our eyes so that we can all be agents for your peace.
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