Deep Love

Daily reading: Luke 13:1-9, 31-35
Thursday March 16, 2017

Focus passage: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you! How often I have wanted to gather your people just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.  But you didn’t want that.” Luke 13:34
Jesus had made this wide welcome; he had gone beyond the socially acceptable boundaries to meet people in their suffering.  Each healing offered an opportunity for deeper healing in the community.  Those who had been placed outside were now welcomed in, bread was broken and shared without exclusion, fruit of Kingdom living began to sprout where seeds had been planted.
In Christ, we find Emmanuel, God-with-Us, would not shy away from entering the full darkness of our world.  There is no place of suffering that Jesus would not go, even to that place that kills the prophets.
Jesus goes because there is no other road to take.  He goes because of his deep love for God and for humanity.

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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