Our prayer this week might be that Jesus gather our thoughts like the mother hen gathers her chicks. I don’t know about you, but the more times I read this week’s lectionary readings, the less sense I can make of them as a unit.
There is Genesis and God’s promise to Abram. There is a psalm which is looking with one eye at the work of evil-doers and enemies, while with the other at the glory of God. There are words of exhortation from the letter to the Philippians. And there is Jesus, too hard at work on the road to Jerusalem to be bothered by threats of a dictator.
Could it be that the scattered thoughts I bring to this day are just right for the second Sunday of Lent? We are, after all, each on a unique place as we journey toward the cross. How do we journey? With a little testiness, like Abram? With mingled fear and praise, like the psalmist? With firmness, like Paul? Or, like the crowd around Jesus, distracted and poised for violence?
I long to see how you are gathering yourself this week. See you in the comments!