The Narrative Lectionary brings us to Luke 13:31-35 this week. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, where he knows he will be executed. He stops and laments over this city. He loves these people and it breaks his heart that their blindness will lead them to destruction.
The entire travel narrative (Luke 9:51-19:27) offers a mixture of intense warnings and words of comfort. Jesus harshly accuses the religious leaders of corruption and blames them for the coming destruction. He warns his disciples that to follow him is difficult and will lead to great sacrifice and even death. Yet, in the midst of all the harsh reality, he reminds us that it is for the justice and equality brought by the true Kingdom of God that we are willing to lay down our lives.
We take this journey with Jesus during Lent to remind us of what really matters. The following page from A Cartoonist’s Guide to the Bible offers the context for this passage. Look at these images. Read these stories. May it help you on your journey.
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