LEARN TO LIVE, LIVE TO LEARN
“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?” ―St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
The scene is a sad one. Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, comes near the city of Jerusalem, and weeps over it.
On Holy Tuesday, Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, which sits due east of the Temple and overlooks Jerusalem. How painful that Holy Tuesday must have been to cause Jesus to utter His final lament over the city of Jerusalem (John 12:20–38). Even before His crucifixion, Jesus’ heart would be pierced by Israel’s lack of faith. He was weeping over the tragedy of a lost opportunity. Their failure to recognize him as the Messiah left the people unprepared. The mourning of the nation of Israel would be great (Zechariah 12:10–11). Soon the Temple would be destroyed and Jerusalem with it.
The choices of man do play a role in his redemption or destruction. What tragedy would there be in a sinner’s rejection of God’s mercy?
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum