Keepers of the tabernacle
At that time, the Pharisees came to Him and said: “Go, get out of here, because Herod wants to kill you.” He answered: “Go and tell this fox: ‘Behold, I cast out demons and heal today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will fulfill my purpose.’ However, I must continue my journey today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, for it is impossible for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you! How many times I wanted to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you did not want to! Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you that you will not see Me until the time comes, when you do not say: blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Lk 13, 31-35).
In today’s gospel passage, we come face to face with the reality of foxes and chickens. This is an analogy that continues to give us wisdom even today.
Herod was a fox – the embodiment of cunning and treachery. Jesus publicly defies the fox’s terrifying death threats, announcing that he will not cower before the fox’s sharp teeth, but will continue his mission to drive out the forces of evil and offer healing and hope to the sick, downtrodden, and downtrodden. marginalized.
You may have seen a sly fox walking around the coop. You may have noticed the sneaky ways political leaders try to get your vote but hide their true intentions. Or maybe you saw that fox ordering the roosters to manipulate the system to get things going his way. The world of the fox is cruel, cold, calculating and merciless. To escape the teeth of this cunning predator, we need to name the fox as Jesus did and seek refuge from his cruel and cunning ways.
Maybe it’s not that dramatic to you. Maybe the fox is so cunning that you don’t see it. Often in life we follow the path that God created for us. We do what we have to do. We move forward and then out of nowhere our distractions tempt us to leave what we were born and meant to do.
Some of us are promised money. Some of us are destined for fame. Some of us are at risk of unwarranted guilty pleas. Some of us are concerned about the importance of employment. There are many other ways to talk, but none of them are related to our goal.
Jesus knows his purpose: He set his face toward Jerusalem. It is Jerusalem that is his destiny. It is in Jerusalem, the place of sacrifice, that he will offer himself as a Sacrifice forever for you and me.
When this happens, the best way to deal with Satan is to remember who we are and whose we are. What gifts did God give us – what talents do we possess? What opportunities are there in our field to match this talent? What were we born for? We must remain as focused as our Lord Jesus Christ. We must follow and live the words of Jesus Christ. We must believe with all our hearts and minds that a Christ-filled life glorifies God. Jesus himself prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Not my will, but yours be done.”
The Lord is knocking at the door of your heart (Revelation 3:20) and wants to enter into a close personal relationship with you. Accept the one who gives faith, unshakable hope and unfailing love. And always focus on the true home that God has prepared for you in his heavenly city of Jerusalem (see Revelation 21:2-4).
Prayer of the day
“Lord Jesus, I put all my trust and hope in You. Let me stay with you. Fill my heart with love and mercy for others, so that I can boldly testify to the truth and joy of the Gospel by word and example both to those who accept it and to those who resist it.”
Being a follower of Christ in name only is easy, but being a devoted follower till the last breath is never easy. Because it will require us to get out of our own comfort zone or even sacrifice our own lives for the preservation and development of the teachings of Jesus. So we have to ask ourselves – Am I a devoted follower or a follower in name only?
I have been serving for 43 years. Every day is a day of bliss when I discover a new meaning of God’s word. I am sharing them with you and hope you find them useful. I am nothing more than a servant of His word.
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