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Week 5 – Weekend

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“Jerusalem, Jerusalem … How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” 

Reading

Matthew 23.37-39
37 ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you, desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”’

Reflection

This weekend we mark  Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus can see the trouble that is brewing for the city and longs to be able to comfort the people like a mother hen gathering her brood.

Within a few days Peter will hear a cockerel crow three times and realize he has betrayed Jesus. Later on, after a breakfast of fish on the shore, Peter will receive the risen Jesus’ grace and forgiveness.

Action

Eggs are closely associated with Easter celebrations and decorations. How happy are the hens that lay the eggs you will buy? Look for free-range in the shops, sourced locally if possible.

Prayer

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)

Family Challenge

Decorate some real eggs for Easter
Eggs remind us of new life and they play a big part in many Easter celebrations. Why not blow and paint some eggs this weekend? Find out how on the Church of England website.

Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.

Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.