We are travelling with Jesus during this period of Lent. Today we arrive at the outskirts of Jerusalem. Many people believe that we are on the edge of a moment of great triumph. However, Jesus has warned that Jerusalem represents death at the hand of powerful people.
Let me start by taking you back to an earlier point in the gospel of Luke. Jesus sent out 70 disciples on a mission. He told them that the harvest was great. This creates the image of people working hard in a field knowing that only when their labour is over there will there be a harvest celebration. He also warned that his missioners would be like sheep among wolves. This is an image of vulnerability, weakness, and danger. Somehow the two images go together. Whenever we think of the mission of the church and our participation in it, we can reflect on the dedication of workers at harvest time and also of our vulnerability in the context of violence and power. Continue reading