March 13, 2022 Lectionary Texts — Year C
Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
An interesting point came up in my house church group during the discussion of last week’s variation of this piece — moths are destroyers. This observation brought an interesting perspective to the conversation on using a moth as a symbol for Christ and resurrection. We don’t think of Christ as destroyer (this concept seems to fit better with depictions of God in the Old Testament Scriptures). Yet, we hold hope in a God who will ultimately destroy evil and vanquish death and we understand Christ’s essential role in this work.
As you read through the lectionary texts today, I would encourage you to note any words or phrases that relate to consuming, destroying, seizing, killing, etc.
What or who do these statements refer to?
How do they sit with you?
What feeling or feelings do they stir up?
Right then some Pharisees came and warned Him.
Pharisees: You’d better get out of here because Herod is plotting Your murder.
Jesus: You can give that sly fox this message: “Watch as I cast out demons and perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I’ll reach My destination. But for today and tomorrow and the next day, I have to continue My journey, for no prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.”
O Jerusalem! O Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and you stone the messengers who are sent to you. How often I wanted to gather in your children as a hen gathers in her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing to come to Me. — Luke 13:31-34