Thursday, October 27, 2011

faithful unto death

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus shows his awareness of his impending death. More, he shows that that he always knew that this would be the ultimate end of his mission. But his reaction is not anger but sorrow, sorrow not for himself but for the people. He wants to gather them together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings. This homely image shows the love that he has for people. Knowing that they will kill him, he shows that what he wants more than anything else to protect them; knowing that his ministry will end in death, he does not run away from it. He is faithful to us, even unto death. We, in our lives, should be no less. Amen.

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