“In compassion, when we feel with the other, we dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and we put another person there.” – Karen Armstrong
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As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, 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.”
One thing that immediately struck me in today’s scripture verse is that Jesus wept.
He was moved to tears.
Our culture frowns on people crying but especially men.
How many times have you heard someone apologize for crying?
Or maybe you have found yourself saying, “I’m sorry I’m crying.”
I believe tears are sacred.
They spring from our deepest core when we are moved with compassion.
It’s when we connect with someone else and realize our oneness.
Their pain is our pain.
Jesus knew that love is what it takes to make peace.
He said the most important commandments were to love God and your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).
He said that the whole law depends on this.
Just so we knew that Love leaves no one out, he ordered us to love our enemies as well (Matthew 5:44).
But as Jesus looked out at Jerusalem, he realized the people there were blinded to the truth.
Perhaps he saw the writing on the wall at this point, that his mission to free all from oppression and to restore our oneness in God would lead to his demise.
Perhaps if Mary Magdalene had received her due, we would have developed a more compassionate tradition to follow.
Just look at her unwavering faithful commitment to Jesus as he went to the cross, as his body was taken down from that cross, and as it was buried.
She was always there.
Mary Magdalene persevered through her grief as she then returned to the tomb.
Her tears were an outpouring of her solidarity with Jesus.
Her faith carried her through her anguish to the experience of the resurrection.
She intimately knew the truth: Love never dies, but leads to new life and peace after-lasting.
May you know this truth as well.
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Remember: God loves you!