Luke 19:41-42 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
He is Jesus here and this is part of Luke’s story of Jesus coming to Jerusalem on what we now refer to as Palm Sunday. Only John mention palms in his telling of the story and only Luke gives us these tears and this saying. It is quite a dramatic moment as he views the landscape of the city and knows the deep pain of what would occur there to himself and also in the future to the people who would be overrun by the Romans in 70 A.D. I remember the first time I drove north on the New Jersey turnpike after 9/11 and saw the outline of Manhattan without the twin towers of the World Trade Center. I remember and tightening in the chest and the catching of my breath. If only we had known what would bring us peace before such a thing occurred but for our generation it was hidden from our eyes. Maybe the way of peace is hidden because we simply don’t care to see it, being too caught up in our personal concerns. Maybe we are unwilling to see because we don’t wish to face what it tells us about ourselves. Maybe we are just too limited as finite humans to see the greater design of God in history. Whatever the reason, the things that make for peace still seem hidden from our collective human eyes. And so we need a savior riding in on a lowly animal to face and embrace what we cannot conceive for ourselves. This week, this Holy week, what may be hidden from your eyes?