By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
Jesus has wept for Jerusalem already
(13.34-35), and he weeps over Jerusalem once
as he arrives and again as he leaves the city on
the way to execution (23.28-31).
This lament as he approaches the city is
composed entirely of phrases from the
prophets. Saturated by the prophecies as his
mind must have been, there is no reason why
Jesus should not have spoken these words.
Whether they are the actual words of Jesus or
Luke’s later reflection, they serve to emphasize
that the rejection of God’s messenger and
message which is now taking place is the
prophesied culmination of the previous
rebellions and rejections of God’s promises.
The tragic fulfilment of these words is all too
clear to see today at the base of the western
wall of the Temple. ‘Not a stone upon a stone’ is
fulfilled perhaps not literally but sufficiently.
Huge blocks of masonry lie there atop one
another, right along the base of the wall, so
heavy that one is surprised that the Roman
soldiers at the Sack of Jerusalem in 70AD had
adequate ropes and pulleys to manhandle such
The savage operation is described in eye-
witness detail by the contemporary Jewish
general and historian.
The Gospel of The Lord reminds us we the
faithfuls that Father, when people saw beauty
and marveled at it in the Temple, Jesus your
son saw the ugliness of destruction yet to
come. And weep for the youth in its destructive
consequences for the future. Heal them ,
sustain us and keep us eternally for you.