Thursday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time

Shalom, Y’All:

Welcome to Thursday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time.  The readings for today can be found if you Click Here for Today's Readings .

The Liturgy of the Word video for today is up and running on our Facebook page and yours truly is the celebrant and homilist for today.  The reflection at the end is our weekly prayer to Our Guardian Angels.

There is a really beautiful image in today’s Gospel.  In the midst of a rather intense discussion by Jesus about what He is going through and what He is about to go through, there is the “gentle” image of a “mother hen who gathers her brood under her wings.”

When we go to the Holy Land, during the Palm Sunday walk from the top of the Mt. of Olives down to the Garden of Gethsemane, we always stop at the chapel known as Dominus Flevit (which means “God wept”).

This is the chapel dedicated to the moment in the Gospel when Jesus looked out over Jerusalem and wept for Jerusalem and the people.  He so wanted to gather the brood and show them His love.  What a gentle and wonderful image of the mother hen.

The view of Jerusalem from inside the chapel is awesome:

Just in front of the window pictured above is an altar, at which we celebrate Mass when we have the opportunity to celebrate there.

And, on the front of that altar is this mosaic:

That mosaic was, of course, inspired by this Gospel verse regarding the mother hen, reflecting the Lord’s desire to gather us all under His protection.

I hope we can all surrender to His desire and ask Him to protect us like a mother hen protects and loves her brood.  We truly need His protection right now in a time of discord and animosity like we have never experienced before.

We need to put on the armor of God, as St. Paul says in the 2nd reading, and resist the temptations of the evil one, who is running rampant in the world right now.

Have a blessed rest of the week, and stay safe and stay warm.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken