“Foxes, Prophets, and Mother Hens” (Luke 13:31-35); Guest Speaker Ashley Wilcox

Thank you all for your ministry to each other this morning. Johan Maurer shared an opening reflection inspired by Jesus’ image for himself of a “mother hen.” Eric Smith led us in song, noting how, in his opinion, Micah 6:8 encapsulates the spirituality of the Hebrew Bible. Our guest speaker Ashley Wilcox spoke of the prophetic and protective ministry of Jesus. Ashley is the author of The Women’s Lectionary, a handbook for feminist preachers, available for preorder from Westminster John Knox Press. She is a graduate of Candler School of Theology and Willamette University College of Law. Ashley was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her partner Troy and their two orange cats. Learn more about Ashley on her website, www.ashleymwilcox.com.

Luke 13:31-35 (NRSV):
31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33 Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34 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! 35 See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Queries:

Who do you relate to in this text? The Pharisees warning Jesus? The crowd listening? Jesus sharing a prophetic word?

What does it mean to be prophetic?

What animal would you expect Jesus to use to describe himself? How does it change your understanding of God to think of God as a protective mother hen?