image of the day: jesus weeps

looking out over Jerusalem from the Mt of Olives

I took this photo on a trip to Israel and Palestine in the fall of 2005. I was jet lagged, and up way too early, so I went wandering down the Mt. of Olives from the hotel where our group was staying.

There was a gate that was partially open, and a man begging outside of it motioned me to go in. When I did, I found workers harvesting olives (thus the name of the Mt.) and the door to the Dominus Flevit Church open. Being the only person there at that hour of the morning, I had the church to myself and was able to get this shot, looking out its window, onto the Old City of Jerusalem.

Dominus Flevit is the name given to the church constructed on the site thought to be that where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (as found in Luke 19:41-42).

“As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”

Today, May 15, marks the anniversary of what, in Israel is reffered to as Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew) commemorating the creation of the State of Israel, but what, among the Palestinians is referred to as the ‘Nakba‘ or ‘Catastrophe’ commemorating the displacement of the Palestinian people that took place in order to create the State of Israel.

Having read this morning about the violence erupting between Palestinian protestors and Israeli military in various border locations it seemed to me that Jesus might still be weeping.

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