“. . . as a hen gathers her brood under her wings . . . ”
This image of Jesus from Luke 13:34 is a compelling one. For some, the concept of Jesus as a mother hen may be off-putting, maybe even unsavory; for others of us, the concept radiates comfort and warmth, security and protection. If you have ever watched hens with their chicks, you may have been moved by the tenderness of the hens and by the fierceness with which they protect their young from predators. But Jesus knew something else about hens and their chicks, making the image even more powerful on second glance.
Mother hens do not actually round up any wayward chicks – she can only collect them under her wings if they come to her, if they stay close.
In this week's Gospel Text (Luke 13:31-35) Jesus reiterates his heart’s deepest desire to draw us close, to comfort and preserve us.
May this season be one in which we draw nearer to our Lord who loves us and gifts us with life. See you in worship!