And as he drew near, when he saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If [only] you also had known on this day the things that lead to peace; but now it’s hidden from your eyes.’ Luke 19:41-42 (The New Testament, Nicholas King)
The first two verses of a recent Gospel reading are a powerful reminder to me of the vital need to seek those things that lead to peace. Those words couldn’t be more relevant in the light of recent news of horrendous acts of violence in several parts of our world. It is more important than ever to find ways of promoting peace and justice wherever it is lacking – including in my own heart. Recently, the concluding prayer for my morning prayer included these words: ‘Help us to look lovingly upon all people and events that come into our lives today.’ (People’s Companion to the Breviary, Vol II, p 31)
Perhaps, if we can look lovingly on everything that is happening these days, including terrible act of violence, we might begin to understand why they are happening and we might also begin to glimpse solutions that bring the peace we all long for.