Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Quemadmodum avis | With her Nest

“In the manner of a bird with her nest under her wings - Luke 13: 34 (CPDV).

Photo by Vinson Tan from Pixabay

There are many documentaries about wildlife. I like watching such movies, especially about birds. While watching, you can learn about the basic concept of bird nesting in joint child custody. Nest is often called Home, with connotations of safety, security, contentment and nourishment. You can also read the poem "For Every Bird a Nest" by Emily Dickinson who had a great love of birds. In her collected poems, birds are mentioned 222 times.

When we watch birds, we realize how caring they are. We learn a lot from these little creatures. Jesus also seems to remind us about the nature of God and his creation. We are God's children but we often forget about it. As human beings, we even tend to kill one another. We can experience this fact especially now when the conflict between Israel and Palestine began. The painful history repeats again and again because there are always people who wish to kill others. 

Jesus is the Son of merciful God and Father. He casts out demons of hatred and accomplishes healings of our broken hearts. He performs his miracles day after day. He teaches us that love is more powerful than evil. It is necessary to follow Jesus and keep his attitude towards all people. 

Julian of Norwich focused on the Divine Love. She described Jesus as a kind and loving Mother. "Jesus Christ who himself overcame evil with good is our true Mother". She explained that as God is our Father, so God is also our Mother. 

Let us overcome evil and gather together as God's children in the community of Church. May we pray for peace in the world. May our mouths proclaim the Good News and bless our brothers and sisters. May it happen in the name of the Lord. Amen.

Reflection on Luke 13:31-34 by Fr Józef Trzebuniak SVD.

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