Scripture: Luke 13:31-35
Key verse: (34) “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing.”
Reflection: On two occasions I have had the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land. One of my favorite places there is the Mount of Olives. Standing there and looking over Jerusalem, in a place where Jesus and his disciples were no doubt present over 2,000 years ago is so inspiring. On the Mount of Olives stands one of my favorite chapels. It’s called “Dominus Flevit,” meaning, “The Lord wept.” Christians have worshipped in that space for almost 1,000 years. Inside the chapel is this mosaic:
It is one of my favorites in the Holy Land. I call it, “The Holy Chicken.” It references Matthew’s version of Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem that we read in Luke today. By placing the image in the Chapel of Tears, they link this to Jesus weeping over Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, as described later in Luke 19. There Jesus says of Jerusalem, “If you, even you had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace, but now they are hidden from your eyes.” Surely Jesus also wept in this lament over Jerusalem.
In these strange days in our world and in our country, while we continue to wait for official results from Tuesday’s election, with frustration and anger beginning to bubble, protests starting to rise, and COVID numbers climbing again, it gives me comfort to know our Lord laments over our world. Surely he weeps over us even now, longing to gather us under his wings, like a mother hen gathers her brood. Let us be willing to seek the shelter of those holy wings through these days that we might know the way of peace, and be gathered together in Christ and in His love.
Prayer: Give us willing hearts this day, O God, to come under the shelter of your wings that seek to hold us fast in the security of your powerful love. In the name of Jesus, who weeps for us. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].