Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

It’s hard to see through tears, but sometimes its the only way to see, tears can be the turning point, the springs of renewal and to know you have been wept for is to know that you are loved. ‘Jesus Wept’ is the shortest, sharpest, and most moving sentence in Scripture.

I have a God who weeps for me, weeps with me, understands to the depths and from the inside the rerum lachrymae, the tears of things.

Thanks to Margot Krebs Neale for the images. as always you can her the poem by clicking on the title or on the ‘play’ buton if it appears.

Jesus weeps


Jesus comes near and he beholds the city

And looks on us with tears in his eyes,

And wells of mercy, streams of love and pity

Flow from the fountain whence all things arise.

He loved us into life and longs to gather

And meet with his beloved face to face

How often has he called, a careful mother,

And wept for our refusals of his grace,

Wept for a world that, weary with its weeping,

Benumbed and stumbling, turns the other way,

Fatigued compassion is already sleeping

Whilst her worst nightmares stalk the light of day.

But we might waken yet, and face those fears,

If we could see ourselves through Jesus’ tears.


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5 responses to “Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

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  2. Sally Phalan

    A really beautiful sonnet/meditation – I LOVE the first ten lines and the last two, however I got a bit stuck on lines 11 and 12, especially 11. I could relate to line 12 if it was written as – “Whilst OUR worst nightmares stalk the light of day” which would flow into line 13, but of course wouldn’t work with line 11. I know what you are trying to say in line 11, just it’s not working for me, I find it a bit confusing as it stands. This is simply my personal response for what it is worth!

    • malcolmguite

      ah yes, . what im doing here is personifying compassion. of course in one sense they are our nightmares, but our compassion fatigue, whose result is our now sleeping compassion, is our proxy here.

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