Why did Jesus cry

Jesus is crying

A chapel in Jerusalem

Dominus flevit - the Lord weeps. This is the name of a small chapel on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. There you can see the old city of Jerusalem with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Dome of the Rock through a large window behind the altar.

Dominus flevit - the Lord weeps. The church recalls an episode in the life of Jesus. At this point he stood once and looked over the city. Then he burst into tears. He saw war and destruction coming and lamented: "If only you would recognize what is for peace!" (Lk 19:42)

Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He was sad - because people are who they are. Unable to keep peace. Everyone thinks they have to enforce their law. Everyone is afraid of falling short. Everyone thinks they have to defend themselves. Too many think that the world should change according to your ideas. And try to realize what seems right to them. At all costs. That's how it is until today. It makes you cry.

If everyone insists on their rights ...

Many years ago I looked at Jerusalem through the big window in the little church and felt it very oppressively: Yes, that's how we humans are. Even here, in the city that is sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. Perhaps more so here. Right here there is no peace.

Jesus wept over it. Back then there were no Christians and no Muslims either, but the people were the same. The same as everywhere. Unable to live in peace with one another. Unable to support one another instead of fighting. Jesus wept over this. And because God showed himself in Jesus, one can say: God weeps for the people in Jerusalem. And he cries for me too. I notice how I keep pouring oil on the fire instead of making peace possible. I hold on to my point of view. I blame the other. I try to assert myself and my ideas.

But it strikes me: That is exactly what Jesus does not do! I think you can see that in this short scene. Jesus does not blame anyone. He does not blame the one and takes the other under protection. He does not curse those who are incapable of peace. He is sad.

Sometimes I think: You should take an example from this. It doesn't matter whether it's about today's Jerusalem and Israel or the separation of a couple of friends, whether it's about a company that is bankrupt, about the debts of Greece or about parents who are worried about their children. Then don't point your finger and say: “It's your own fault!” Or: “That's what I said right away.” Or: “If you would have listened to me!” Instead: “I'm sorry for me! I am sad that it turned out that way. "

Tears cleanse the eyes

Be sad with the others. Maybe that would be a first step towards peace. A first step to make something better. Weep that we're all who we are With that I can show: I don't have any advice at the moment. But I know it can't stay that way. And I see that I am also to blame for what is. I think that could lead people together who think they have to keep setting themselves apart. And erecting walls so that nothing worse happens. Perhaps then they will notice: if you tear down walls, peace comes closer. Because only then do you see the people on the other side and how they are doing. And where people see and get to know each other, enemies can become friends.

Being sad and crying: Sometimes that makes your eyes clear. At some point the tears will dry up. And then you see more than before. Sometimes even a path that leads further. Hopefully.

Church responsibility: Christian Engels