Texts: Psalm 27, Luke 13:31-35
The image on the bulletin cover is a mosaic inside the Dominus Flevit church. The church is located on the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem, and commemorates two occasions in Luke’s gospel: The one we just read, when Jesus speaks of the people of Jerusalem and compares himself to a mother hen gathering her chicks under her wings. And when Jesus later approaches Jerusalem and weeps over the city, lamenting that it does not know the things that make for peace. Dominus Flevit means, “The Lord wept.”
Personally, any Bible story that features a chicken as one of the main characters is one that gets my attention. Especially when the chicken = Jesus. I love that in the mosaic the chicken has a halo. Awesome. Our three backyard feathered girls are doing just fine through the winter, although their egg production has trailed off a bit. They’re still saints and miracle workers for turning our food scraps into tasty eggs.
Jesus the hen cries out, “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...