As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
“If this day you only knew what makes for peace–
but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days are coming upon you
when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
19:42–44 Jesus foresees what eventually took place in a.d. 70, when the Roman army laid siege to Jerusalem and destroyed it (21:20). Its conquest will be a sign that God is visiting his judgment on the wayward city. ● Jesus clothes his solemn words with the language and imagery of OT prophecy (Is 29:1–3; Jer 6:6; Ezek 4:1–3). Because Jerusalem has become a repeat offender, it will again suffer the devastation that befell the city in 586 b.c. with the Babylonian invasions. ● Mystically (St. Gregory the Great, Hom. in Evan. 39): Christ continues to weep for sinners who, like Jerusalem, run after evil and refuse to make peace with God. Their sins hide from their eyes the judgment that is coming, otherwise they would weep for themselves. When it arrives, demons will besiege the soul and the Lord will visit them with his dreadful punishment.
“because you did not recognize the time of your visitation”
Many in today’s culture do not recognize God. God is not relevant in their life. These religiously unaffiliated, called “nones,” are growing significantly. They’re the second largest religious group in North America and most of Europe. In the past decade, U.S. nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline protestants, and all followers of non-Christian faiths.
While many believers are perplexed and discouraged at this phenomenon, this is not a unique thing. Throughout recorded human history, many have failed to see or recognize God. What can we do? I would suggest two things: live our faith as Christ commanded us – love of God and neighbor; and pray unceasingly. WE make God relevant and real by our lived life practices. When we live of life of love and then trust in God’s grace and mercy to change the hearts and minds of the lost, amazing things happen. We must remember, they are also God’s children – whether they acknowledge that truth or not. So just love ‘em.
May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.
 Curtis Mitch, “Introduction to the Gospels,” in The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The New Testament (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), 144–145.