"If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes." Luke 19
It is quite powerful to imagine Jesus weeping over Jerusalem, and then to imagine Jesus weeping over our world today. The world simply can't be the world that he dreams it could be. I want to ask him, "Lord, tell us, what is hidden from our eyes? What is it we are missing?"
Then, I remember that Pope Francis went to the island of Lampedusa, the Italian refugee colony where a boat of refugees had sunk and many refugees lost their lives. He asked us if we had forgotten how to grieve. It is in this memory that I realized that Jesus was grieving because of his great love and compassion for those who were going to go through terrible suffering. At Lampedusa, Pope Francis asked us if, in our world today, anyone feels "responsible" for what happened there. He said these powerful words:
He asks us to pray:
Pope Francis concludes with this prayer:
Today, we can turn to Mary, on this feast of her Presentation in the Temple, when she was a little girl:
Dear Mary, we remember that you were presented by your parents as a dedication of your life to service. Your parents could not have known how you would be placed in service of the redemption of our world. You said "yes" so that your Son could say "yes." We ask you to place us with your Son today, on your feast, that we might be freed from all our indifference to the suffering and cries of those around us most in need. Help us to grow closer to your Son's own heart that we might love, first of all, those who are closest to us - in our own families. Let us be instruments of healing and peace at home. And through your continuing service, allow us to see what we are not seeing now. Allow us to be touched and moved by the suffering of so many. And, with tender hearts that can grieve for others, allow us to be intruments of your Son's own compassion and love. Please pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
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