Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 26:8-15; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35
“Give it to me straight. Tell it like it is!” Most people will say they prefer the truth rather than a lie, even if the truth hurts. But in reality there may be some truths about ourselves we just can’t tolerate. Perhaps they contradict our self image, our sense of our own innocence or importance.
In our Gospel reading, Jesus expresses his heartbreak over Jerusalem, a city that stubbornly refused to turn from her sin and welcome her Savior. Again and again, God sent prophets calling His people to repent and be received into back into His gracious embrace. Apart from repentance and faith there is only judgment (Lk 13).
The Old Testament reading offers one such example of the kind of rejection Jesus described. The leaders of Judah could not stand Jeremiah’s word of judgment on their sins. Yet, God, in His mercy spared the prophet’s life (Jr 26).
The apostle Paul calls us to imitate him in setting our eyes on heaven and the Savior who is promised to come from there to us. A day is coming when Christ is transform us completely and forever into the people we were always intended to be (Ph 3).