Jesus was told that the King , Herod Antipas, who was ruler at the time and had had John the Baptist beheaded also wanted Jesus dead. Jesus responded knowing what was to happen. He was confident in that it would not be today! He still had to do his work of healing and casting out demons, today and tomorrow” and on the third day his purpose will be accomplished. He grieved for Jerusalem saying “ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers!”
Each of us are made up of unique characteristics, we add events in our lives that also shape us to be who we are and the government polices of the day dictate how we do things. Especially at this time of the pandemic when the rules about COVID are changing daily and slowly returning to being less invasive of our everyday the things we are doing or not doing show a little of who we are. For Jesus it was no different, his time of ministry on this earth was encouraged by his Mom who had seen in him the potential for miracles when at a wedding she asked him to help out when the wine ran out. Jesus knew what he was up against, and the path that he was to go down and he shows here his compassion for those who are on the down side of the experience, the people of Jerusalem who ultimately will cause his death. He is also aware that the timing is not right now, He still has things to do.
What are you needing to do today? What passion is in your heart to help others at this time in your life? Or maybe you are destined to use the time to grow yourself. Whoever is around you causing you to stop following your true calling have compassion for them and have confidence that you can continue to do God’s appointed work on this earth today.
Prayer: Holy Father their are many distractions in this world that cause us to pause in our work for you. Help us to continue your path despite the distractions of the world around us. We pray today especially for those who knowingly and unknowingly pull us off course from what you desire for us. Amen.