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Rituals of Rebellion
March 13, 2022 at 11 a.m. | Bulletin
“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[b] you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’” – Luke 13:34-35
We meet Jesus this week in the middle of Luke’s Gospel narrative: Jesus is already actively ministering: healing people (sometimes on the Sabbath!) proclaiming the coming of the mysterious kin-dom of God, and employing many forms of metaphor and allusion. He’s no longer a child and he is beginning to prophesy about what is to come. “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” will be repeated during the triumphal entry to Jerusalem in just a few weeks, on Palm Sunday.
But we are still here in the wilderness. At the end of this second week of Lent, it’s fitting to feel met in the middle, met just where we are. Not met where we came from or where we’re going, but where we are at this moment, in these bodies, in these days, so full as they are with all that is changing and, all that, despite our best efforts, will not change.
A miracle of the Christian faith is the witness of our God who broke into the middle of human history – God who arrived in a body at a specific time, with a specific story, in a specific place in human history. From that time and place, Jesus bears witness to the revolution of the kin-dom of God. Not a revolution that destroys, but one that gathers, like a hen gathers her brood under her wings, God’s people into God’s love.
Join us to explore this revolutionary love on Sunday. We’ll build the nest together!