Gospel of Luke 13:31-35 Reflection:
Friendly Pharisees tell Jesus that Herod plans to kill him. Jesus says that he has a mission to preach the word of God and that is what he shall do. Then Jesus tells the Pharisees that he shall go up to Jerusalem to die, for it is not right that a prophet die outside the city.
In the next couple of verses Jesus displays one of those few passages in scripture where we see the real motherly tenderness of God.
‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem ...how often have I longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her brood’
This is a gentle image of Jesus and God as mother. Jesus' heart must have broken as he looked over his beloved city and knew how God the Father felt about this one spot on earth that God had claimed as his own.
It is amazing how much the world turns its back on God. We simply refuse to see. When we begin to look at God with any real openness he reveals himself so clearly, and yet the people of Jerusalem, like the people of the west today, were in the midst of all the Jewish tradition, and still they could not recognise the one that scripture spoke about.
Here are we, in a world that is obviously falling apart and still our leaders choose a path that takes us away from God and stands in confrontation to him and his will. Such is human nature. And still Jesus waits on us to respond. Thank God he is patient!