There is an expression, “Like father—like son.” Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great, wants to have Jesus killed just his father did when Jesus was an infant. The older Herod brutally killed all the children under two years of age in the hopes that Jesus would be one of them. Now his son is filled with the same pride, arrogance and fear. He thought to himself: “What if people go after Jesus and forget me?” He decides it’s time to get Jesus.
Fear, jealousy and self-interest drive Herod Antipas; courage, desire to heal and love urges Jesus onward. The clash of all these power is going to take place in Jerusalem, the sacred city. In the verse for today, Jesus likely goes up a hill so he can see the whole city at a glance. There he pours out his great sadness about how the people don’t want him as their savior. What a beautiful image of a hen gathering her chicks under her wing!
Jesus: “Like Father—like Son! Will you be like Jesus and do what his Father wants as intensely as Jesus wants to do it?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
As a hen gathers her brood v. 34
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Second Week in Lent
Spring in the north. Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…