‘Jesus wept’ (John 11:35) is famous for being the shortest Bible verse… but it also happens to be one of the most mysterious sentences we come across in Scripture… because wait, what?! God incarnate is crying over man’s condition.
The unknown author of Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism sums up the difference between Buddhism and Kabbalistic teachings as there being no tears in the former once mastered, where as to the teachers of Kabbalah tears are seen as sacred and proof of God’s presence.
The sentiment that tears are sacred is also expressed by pope Francis in response to 12-year old girl and he asks everyone in the audience to examine if they have learned to cry over human suffering. God is Lord over our emotions, not just our mind. Just as our mind can be perfected through contemplation, our hearts can be perfected through the practice of compassion.
It is no coincidence that the suit of Cups is both the suit of the Holy Grail and the suit of tears. The King of Cups is known for his compassion and empathy, both expressing God’s great love and care for us.
Human suffering is not an intellectual conundrum for us to solve with our mind, it is an opportunity to become an outpouring of God’s love. As we can see if we keep reading in the Gospel of John, Jesus is moved to perform the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus.
When we have faith in the love and goodness of God, tears lead to action in terms of establishing the Kingdom of Heaven firmly on earth.
Love and Blessings,