Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Second Sunday in Lent, February 24, 2013 – Luke 13:31-35

It has been said that fear, not sin's
The curse of human life,
It surely seems that that's behind
The things that cause my strife;
And so it was, those Pharisees,
Who said to Jesus, "Scram!"
Were worried that his love, unchecked,
Would make their city damned
By Herod, since he was, all knew,
The ruling King of Fear;
But Jesus said to tell that fox
What we still need to hear,
That is, that resurrection is the end
("The third day" is his clue)
And what I think that means, when by
Our fears we seem pursued,
Is that the mother hen still calls
Her brood upon her breast,
So all our fears, allayed, we now
Might bless, as we are blessed.

Scott L. Barton
February, 2013

Luke 13:31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 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! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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