Holy Week, Monday: 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.

This sonnet, and the others I will be posting for Holy Week are all drawn from my collection Sounding the Seasons, published by Canterbury Press here in England. The book is now back in stock on both Amazon UK and USA The book is now also out on Kindle. Please feel free to make use of these sonnets in church services and to copy and share them. If you can mention the book from which they are taken that would be great.

Thanks to Lancia Smith for the image. as always you can hear the poem by clicking on the title or on the ‘play’ button 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.



Filed under christianity, Poems

8 responses to “Holy Week, Monday: Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem

  1. Pingback: Holy Week, Monday: Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem – Malcom Guite | Pastor Michael Moore's Blog

  2. Reid Seibert

    Thank you Malcolm for helping me face the difficult realities of my beautiful wife’s courageous struggle with cancer, her heart breaking death, and my own unimaginable feelings of grief and loss. Your message of love, hope, and faith have stirred my imagination, turned me towards God, and renewed my faith in Jesus Christ. It was a thrill and great honour to meet you and listen to your beautiful words and ideas at Regents College. You know me as your “long-lost Canadian brother.”

  3. Evangeline Magee DeMaster

    “It’s hard to see through tears, but sometimes it’s the only way to see.” Yes, I’m learning. Thank you.

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