Read Luke 13:31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”
 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.  Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’
 Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
the city that kills the prophets
and stones those who are sent to it!
How often have I desired to gather your children together
 as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
and you were not willing!
 See, your house is left to you.
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.'”

from Rev. Jamie Gump, Madison Avenue Christian Church, Huntington:

            What do you know about a mother’s love?  What will a mother do to protect and look after her children?  Anything and everything!  Jesus – God with us – wants us to know that that kind of love and refuge is ours to have.  Jerusalem was not willing to live in this closeness.  Just as children at times refuse, rebel, and run from a mother’s care, we, too, sometimes refuse the security God offers.  When you step away from God’s care, “your house is left to you,” meaning we are left with the life we’ve chosen.  Love allows us that freedom. 

            Neither God nor Mom can as effectively care for and nurture a runaway child.  But one thing is certain – the love never ends!  Both will wait – today, tomorrow, the third day, forever if need be – for the wandering one to return.  That is the good news!

Lord, may we remain close to you, and should we stray,
 may we know that you will always welcome us back into your arms.