to the Church of Dominus Flevit on the slope of Mount of Olives to celebrate Mass there. It is a tiny church looked after by Franciscan Friars. The church commemorates the moment described in the Gospel of St Luke: “As Jesus 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. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” A few decades later the Temple was destroyed by Romans and the Jews were forbidden to live in Jerusalem.
As I was concelebrating the Mass I was looking through the window behind the altar and I had this though: “This church is in the shape of a tear, as we are inside we are inside the tears Jesus shed over Jerusalem. Those tears came from his heart that loved this place so much. Can we who call themselves his disciples can be indifferent to the fate of the City that experiences so much division and war? Many of us will not have chance to visit this Holy City but we all should beg God to bring peace to Jerusalem. Shalom.