Jesus Wept Over the City of Jerusalem
Place: St. Luke’s Church. We gather here and set our face toward our city as Jesus “set his face toward Jerusalem”. In the distance we glimpse the high rise towers of downtown that represent power and wealth and we are reminded of the distance between places of privilege and neighborhoods of need.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
As Jesus drew near he looked out upon the Holy City of Jerusalem and he began to weep and he said, “If only, today, you understood what makes for peace, but these things are hid from your eyes.” For Jesus and the people of Israel, Jerusalem, held the promise of the prophets; a place of peace and unity where all the tribes of the nations would gather as one. Yet what Jesus saw was a city where the rich exploited the poor, the powerful ignored the powerless and the religious shunned those deemed unworthy. And so, Jesus wept.
As we look out over our city today we recall its promise to so many, yet we see houses, once homes to families, now abandoned. We see schools and gardens and places of play, once signs of hope and renewal, now in decay. We see our neighbors and our children, so full of promise but now, so often, forgotten and left behind. And so, with Jesus, we are moved to tears.
V. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
R. May they prosper who love you.
Let us pray. (Silence)
Loving God, you have given us a vision of the holy city to which the nations of the world bring their glory; behold, we pray, our city and all the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Help us to eliminate poverty, prejudice and oppression, that peace may prevail with justice and that men and women from different cultures, races and tongues may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.