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Luke 19:41 As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it.
One was a doctor who had no choice but to perform a painful procedure after I had complications from a C-section. One was a priest whom I barely knew and who ministered at a neighboring parish. Two were priests who were very close friends when our children were battling serious medical problems. The tears in the eyes of each of these people were a gift to me—binding our hearts together.
Ignatian spirituality says to picture Jesus standing or sitting with us. When I feel desolate, I picture myself sitting with Jesus in the desert, each of us on comfortable rocks where we can sit for a long time together. Jesus’ cheeks are wet with tears and so are mine. Whether or not situations resolve, our lives change when we know that God shares our suffering. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. We can picture him weeping with us too—and that makes all the difference.
MOVING FORWARD: Do you have someone who will sit with you while you cry, or cry along with you? Write that person a note of thanks.
Today the Church remembers Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, 1752.