Saturday, March 16
Sometimes I get frustrated by all the parables that Jesus tells his disciples and followers. Wouldn’t it be easier if Jesus just plainly said what he meant? And yet, other times he doesn’t mince words at all – like that one time he called Herod a fox (which some interpret as “pompous pretender.” No confusion in meaning that day. Jesus plainly says he will continue his work and continue on his way to Jerusalem.
His unwavering commitment to his divine mission and worldly journey is evident. No time for frivolous threats from foxes. He quickly turns his attention away from these Pharisees and Herod and turns toward Jerusalem.
Like a parent bemoaning a child who has gone astray, Jesus laments the loss of his beloved Jerusalem. But as always with Jesus, this passage ends with an esoteric verse. 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.” Does it suggest the Palm Sunday parade or his second coming or something else entirely?
Prayer: Lord, may we make time to ponder these verses, your words, and meaning. May we see Jesus and not be blinded to his true teachings about the love of God and God’s love for our neighbors. Amen.