We Don’t Want Jesus Weeping Over Us

In the midst of what appeared to be a high moment in the life of Jesus, St. Luke paints for us a slightly different picture.  Instead of grinning from ear-to-ear and relishing the intoxicating praise of the crowd, Jesus looks out over the city and he begins to weep.  He is weeping because he is the only person in this flash mob who truly understands what’s happening.

We have a certain advantage, in that we know how the story ends.  However, Jesus’ weeping on Palm Sunday is really not so much about what is going to happen to him within the next week. Jesus is grieving over how these particular events fit into the entire scope of the history of Jerusalem and the way God uses Jerusalem in the unfolding of his plan for the salvation of the world…