Revelation 5:1-10;Psalm 149:1-6, 9; Luke 19:41-44
Thanksgiving Day (USA)
“He saw the city and wept over it.” (Luke 19:41)
What makes Jesus cry? In today’s Gospel reading, the answer seems to be the spiritual blindness of the people of Jerusalem. Here he is, the promised Messiah, about to enter the holy city, yet he knows he will be rejected. No wonder the sight brought tears to his eyes!
In this passage, Jesus saw the destruction that was coming for Jerusalem and its inhabitants—and he proclaimed that it was coming because of the city’s failure to accept him and his word.
We may not be so blind as the people of Jerusalem, but neither should we be too quick to let ourselves off the hook. Yes, we have accepted Jesus and his message. Yes, we are trying to live our lives according to his word. But at the same time, we all have our own “blind spots.” We all have areas in our lives that are not fully submitted to the Lord. It could be in the area of forgiveness. It could be in the call to care for the poor. It could be in areas like relationships or sexuality or food or finance. The problem is that when you can’t see something, you often don’t even know what you’re missing—simply because you can’t see it!
The good news is that Jesus wants to heal us of all our blindness so that we can see him clearly. He wants to show us our own blind spots so that we can become more and more like him.
This is one reason why it’s a good idea to get into the habit of examining our conscience on a regular basis. Every evening, before bed, spend a few minutes reviewing your day with the Lord. Ask him to show you where you may have turned away from him during the day. Ask him to help you understand the twists and turns of your own heart a little better. Over time, you’ll find your spiritual vision growing clearer—and you’ll find your heart growing purer. All because you are learning “what makes for peace” (Luke 19:42).
“Holy Spirit, help me to know my heart better. Strengthen me to repent of any sin I find in me, so that I can be made new every day through your love.”~wau