Courage

Daily reading: Luke 13:1-9, 31-35
Tuesday March 14, 2017

Focus passage: Jesus said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m throwing out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work.” Luke 13:23

The second half of our reading for today is one of my favorite Lenten passages of scripture.  It reveals the fierce determination and courage Jesus had.

And as we know the character of courage, just like compassion or love, or forgiveness is a trait that has to be developed over time.  Which I think it is why we notice when someone is courageous because it is a reflection of a concerted effort.
Courage shows up in both in spur of the moment times, like when someone pushes someone out of the way of oncoming traffic, or runs back into a burning house to save a life, but it also shows up when someone is anticipating a significant challenge that just thinking about it creates anxiety or fear and causes a struggle of conscious.  In these moments rather than turn away, we are moved to face it head on. 
What I am drawn to in this moment is that Luke does not tell us if this is a challenge that Jesus has wrestled with and the omission is telling.  Instead when given the option to not head to Jerusalem, Jesus says “go tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m throwing out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work.’
Once his work is done he will head to Jerusalem.  No wavering, just a fierce determination backed by courage.  Jesus is ready to go where so many other prophets have gone and face his fate for the sake of humanity, to fulfill his calling.


Prayer: Welcoming Savior, thank you for being with us no matter what, for loving us and others even in the face of rejection.  Pour your love and acceptance into us today.  Amen.

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