Reading: Luke 13:34-35
34 ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”’

Thought for Reflection: Isn’t this the most breath-taking description of the enduring love of God. Jesus describes how he has been rejected again, and again, and again, despite all that he ever wants to do is love us as a mother hen loves and protects her chicks and longs to gather them to herself. Even when it seems as if we have spoilt everything and totally trashed our relationship with him – your house is left desolate – still we are not abandoned. One day the crucified and risen Christ will return, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Prayer: Spend some time worshipping God for his enduring love that appears to know no bounds.