Holy Week, Monday: Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem

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This strange Holy Week has begun in tears: tears of frustration, tears of lament, and for so many who have been cruelly bereaves, tears of grief. It’s hard to see through tears, but sometimes its the only way to see. Tears may 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.

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

  1. Barbara Bauman

    I was so pleased to read your commentary on Monday that you wrote for Monday on Jesus weeps. I have found myself in tears in front of the television watching things in Ukraine and other places the only way I’ve been able to deal with that is to pick out a person a thought of some thing I see and pray for them intensely I I feel that this is something I can do it is all I can do at this point and I also feel that it makes a thank you so much for all your comments everything that you do Barbara Reston Virginia

  2. Thank you, Malcolm
    In light of the war on Ukraine, remembering that Jesus weeps with those who weep and one day he will come to judge the earth and bring his kingdom gives me hope. Our God is a God who sees…and as you say so beautifully, he sees through tears. Thank you. Blessings this holy week.

  3. Liz Campbell

    Malcolm, I love this poem, and the thoughts represented in it. ‘Refugee’ is my favourite but this one also strikes a chord. Bless you. Liz

  4. This is a beautiful poem. And it reminded me of words that I heard in sleep one night, in the last month, as if in a dream. I had gone to bed with this deep sorrow in my heart, like a prayer. That night these words came: “Those who weep for His sake, make it easier for others who are weeping.” It showed me that even our tears can be of service.

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