10/27/2022 (Thursday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 13:31-35
31 Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
32 He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
33 Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’
34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!
35 Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
10/27/2022 (Thursday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 13:31-35
Jesus has a mission to accomplish. He is travelling to Jerusalem to finish what He has started, that is, to bring about redemption of a world in sin and desperation. No one will stop Him, not even a death threat from the most powerful official of the land The threat of death is not without basis. The murder of John the Baptist offers a gruesome example of that threat. Yet Jesus is armed not with guns and other instruments of violence but with love and determination to go to Jerusalem. He cannot renege on what His Father has sent Him for, to suffer and die for the salvation of humanity.
No one will ever agree that proclaiming freedom or working for liberation is easy. A lot of prophets before Jesus and many more martyrs after Him have met violent deaths. Even today, Satan and his obedient minions are at work to stop the full realization of the Kingdom of God. What a better way to do this than the persecution of the workers in the vineyard of Christ.
Today, even if there are hundreds of modern Herods, there are still many who are traveling with Jesus to Jerusalem. This is a time of self-introspection. Are you a modern Herod who wants the status quo to remain or a determined follower of Jesus who is ready to take risks? Under the wings of Christ, let us continue working for the proclamation of the gospel and the liberation of the world.