Daily Advent Prayer Challenge – Day 19.
Read Luke 19. Commentary – Chapter 19 is a chapter of transition. One more encounter with someone in power and the right siding of the world around him. Only in this case, the interesting thing is that the one who is changed, is the one who participated and benefited from exploitation. Jesus recognizes and restores his humanity. One more parable – a story that sets the next events in motion. And the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, where there is no turning back. The passage that captures me and stops me in my tracks are verses 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.'” How appropriate to hear this today.
Let us pray. God who weeps, you see the brokenness of the city, the world, the people. And you weep over them. You invite us to pathways of peace. And we are blind to them. We refuse to walk in your way. We believe that peace doesn’t work. And so we suffer the consequences of having hearts at war. How I wish it was different. But I can not change it. I can only follow you and be changed by you.
Today I pray for all those whose eyes are hidden from the ways of peace. Lord have mercy on them. Forgive them. For in their zeal, they cause destruction. But the way of destruction does not triumph. It falls under its own weight. It dies and does not live again. Open my eyes Lord. Open me to be a channel of peace. Amen.