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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Lent 2 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Revised Common Lectionary Gospel Lesson

Luke 13: (22-30) 31-35

[Begin Standard Lectionary] Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us,' then in reply he will say to you, 'I do not know where you come from.' Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' But he will say, 'I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

[Begin RCL] Some Pharisees came and said to Jesus, "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.'"

Reflection on Luke 13: 31-35 by Nan Stokes

Across the Kidron Valley from the city of Jerusalem, on the slope of the hill above the Mount of Olives and the garden of Gethsemane, sits the Chapel of Jesus' Sorrows, the spot where he wept over Jerusalem. A beautiful window above the altar frames the view of Jerusalem, and on the front of the altar is an exquisite mosaic of a hen brooding her chicks. This may (or may not) have been the place where Jesus sorrowed over the people who lived in Jerusalem the Holy Land is full of such places. But it has the power to give an awareness of what was happening as Jesus neared the end of his teaching time and journeyed toward Calvary. Once again we are gifted with an image from God's creation a chicken taking care of her chicks something the people could relate. to what was happening at that time in their lives. The Gospel for this Lenten observance is hard to take, because none of us wants to be last after planning and striving to be first! Once again we are reminded that the earthly things we consider to be important are not what our Lord considers important. What comfort to know that Jesus still wants to gather us together under the shadow of his wings.

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Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Lent 2:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18
Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18
Psalm 27
Psalm 27
New Testament Reading
Philippians 3: 17 - 4:13
Philippians 3: 17 - 4:1
Luke 13: (22-30) 31-35 (this page)
Luke 13: 31-35 (this page)

Nan Stokes (1929-2010) is a past co-chair of MEESC (2002-2006). She resided in Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote these reflections in 1998. We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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