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Book of the Month: Schola Caritatis: Learning the Rhythms of God's Amazing Love

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

palm sunday

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.  The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.  They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
~ Luke 19:41-44

 What do you do with a God who weeps?  Especially one that weeps over you and me?  He weeps, longing for us to know...to know what would truly bring us peace...to know the enormity of His heart...to know the depths of His love...intimately...the same way Adam knew Eve in Genesis 4:1.  He weeps because he sees the reality of our inner (and outer) landscape.  He knows our hearts.  He knows our pain.  He knows our struggle.  He knows our doubts.  He knows all of our ways...our compulsions and our patterns and our beliefs.  He knows all about what we really think will make life work...what we truly believe will give us peace.  And peace is so much more than a feeling; it is us, His beautiful creation, experiencing life as he intended it to be...the creation intent of God.  He weeps because he sees where our misguided thoughts and beliefs and ways will eventually take us...what they will eventually cost us...where they will eventually leave us.  He weeps because he desires all of our affections.  He weeps because he constantly yearns for us to recognize His passion...for us.  He weeps because he longs for us to know that he is the God that constantly comes to us, that relentlessly pursues us...all the way to the cross. 

So as we enter Holy Week, may we join Jesus on his way to the cross.  May we fix our eyes on his weeping face.  May we come to know his abiding peace.  And may we recognize all of the times and all of the ways he comes to us, both this day and this week.

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