February 22, 2018
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you." He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.' In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day - for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.' " Luke 13:31-35
Dear Brook Hollow Family,
A young child prayed, “O God, if you can’t make me a better kid, don’t worry about it. I am having a lot of fun just the way I am.”
Oh, the innocence of a child. Most of us can identify with this prayer. We say things like, “My life is pretty good…I am comfortable…no need to rock the boat…no need to make me ‘feel guilty’ by asking more of me.” If we are honest, Lent should be a time that urges us to look inward at our heart. Consider who and whose we are. Are we holding anything back from being fully committed to God? Are we too comfortable? Should we rock the boat? Should we allow God to expect more from us?
In the above Gospel reading, Jesus has harsh words for both His followers and His skeptics. The image of Christ gathering His brood under His wings gives us comfort, but Christ speaks of God’s children pushing Him away…refusing to listen. Jesus knew and accepted His mission, what He had to present and offer the world before His death. His nurturing teaching encourages, "Either follow me and help others to follow me, or get out of the way…time is of the essence to be about my Father’s business; nothing will stop me from doing my Father’s will.”
I once read, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” What are we getting? What are we giving? Are we afraid of what Christ is asking of us next in our lives? If we truly belong to God, we will let God gather us. Trust God’s love and grace, and step boldly with confidence and faith to make a difference…to give.
Consider these questions…
As an individual, what are you "holding back" for Christ?
As a couple, what can you "do together" for Christ?
As a family, what can you "do collectively" for Christ?