‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
Do you ever feel like your attempts to make a difference come to nothing or worse still are misunderstood or rejected? You are not alone, this has always been the case from the time of the prophets to Jesus and to us today. Let us take inspiration to press on from Jesus who carried on regardless because he was motivated not by the desire to be recognised or celebrated, but by his compassion for others.
Forgive us for the times we’ve rejected you – help us to live lives motivated by courageous love rather than recognition and adulation.