Daily reading: Luke 13:1-9, 31-35
Wednesday March 15, 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

What strikes me is the sheer vulnerability Jesus displays at the same time he is embodying fierce determination and courage.  It is as if you cannot be this courageous to take on the challenge of suffering without making oneself vulnerable. 
Vulnerability means being capable of or susceptible to being wounded.
Jesus chooses the image of a hen who gathers her chicks under her wings to offer protection and safety and likens this image to his love and compassion for God’s people. 
Jesus chooses to use one of the most vulnerable and courageous relationships we have in life, that of a parent and their child. 
To become a parent is to be willing to have your heart broken, because you find that while you fiercely love your child and may do absolutely anything to protect them, you ultimately cannot protect them from everything life throws at them.  They cannot dwell under the safety of your wings, instead you are called to hold in balance both courage and vulnerability.

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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