"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.”" (Lk 19:41-42 NABRE)
Jesus wept over Jerusalem for He took pity on them. He was filled with sorrow for even when He tried to show them the way, they refused to see. Even when He spoke about the Father and His Kingdom, they refused to listen.
When we remain unfaithful, Jesus takes pity on us as well. So profound is His sorrow for our obstinacy that He weeps for us!
Let us take a moment today and imagine Jesus, the Son of God, Almighty and Resurrected, breaking down in sorrow because of our hard-headedness. He has constantly reminded us of what it means to live faithfully — to live with zeal for God as Mattathias in today's first reading did. Yet we fail to listen again and again. And each time our hard hearts reject Him, we break His heart. He weeps for us out of a deep and intense love for He knows that when we reject Him, we reject the Father's Heavenly Kingdom. We turn away from the perfect joy that can be found only in God and miss out on the promise of eternal salvation.
As we see Christ weeping for us today, may we be moved to soften our hardened hearts. May we realize that all Jesus truly wants is for us to receive His promise of eternal life and find joy in the Father's presence. That's the ONLY reason He wants us to listen and obey. For out of love, He has already won our victory for us. All we really have to do is open ourselves to Him, receive His message of love and peace, and in perfect faith, believe that we have been saved. When we do, we do our part in fulfilling His promise. And with God's love filling our hearts, we are able to love as well and do to others as Christ does to us.
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