“And when he drew nigh, he saw the city and wept over it” - Luke 19:41
Jesus wept for Jerusalem. He knew the ills that would befall Jerusalem. By conservative estimates,
Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged more than 20 times, attacked by enemy
armies at least 50 times, and captured and then retaken at least 40 times. For something like 3000 years, people have been fighting and dying over this tiny piece of land. In the space of a little over 1/3rd of a square mile, you can find some of the holiest sites of three of the world’s major religions. For Jews, it is the Western Wall, for Muslims, it is the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and for Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. That is a lot of holiness concentrated in a small space.
I believe an area that holy to that many people should be a place of peace, instead of one more way of dividing us. This Palm Sunday, let’s celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into that holiest of cities by
praying for peace. Not just in Jerusalem, but in the world. It’s been said that “War is old men talking, and young men dying”. I think we’re ready for a new topic of conversation.