Jesus - mother hen.
Something to think about
Jesus’s lament over Jerusalem speaks to us of his character, his heart. We can imagine the tears in his eyes as he speaks with sorrow of the city.
He longs to mother the children of Jerusalem, to enfold them, to protect them.
This is the love that Jesus offers the world. A world so often torn apart by violence and conflict. In all our brokenness, he yearns to be the mother hen.
Today it is not hard to imagine Jesus weeping still for all the people of Jerusalem. The division that characterises that city must break his heart all over again.
Who are the prophets of peace today? Can their voices be heard? Can we join them in calling for an end to violence and discrimination?
The phrase ‘you were not willing’ is striking. An angry and upset child will often stubbornly resist their mother’s loving embrace.
Jesus’s desire is that our broken world be gathered under his wings, how long will we resist his loving embrace?
As we remember how Jesus wept over Jerusalem, let us pray for all the people of the Middle East.