In Luke’s gospel, Jesus weeps for the city of Jerusalem, over what is to come. He warns of enemies raising palisades against us. The glimpse of Jesus and his sorrow is a powerful picture. As the human story unfolds, there is much to weep about, but we have to keep our covenant with God.
Part of that covenant, it seems to me, is to work for peace and justice in our own lives, in our own sphere. When it seems we can’t do anything about the trouble in our neighborhood, our city, our country, our world, that is the time to remember that peace begins with me. I can say a prayer for those who see violence as the only answer. I can do what I can to make the world a better place, whether through volunteering, helping a neighbor, a friend.
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