“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head” (Matt 8:20).
Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem where he will be rejected, abandoned and crucified. He is following the pattern of all previous prophets who were sent to turn the hearts of the nation back to the covenant. As he approaches the holy city, Jesus weeps because the people and their leaders have failed to know the hour of their visitation.
Jesus enters the final stage of his life utterly alone. People along the way ask to accompany him, thinking he is about to enter his glory. They are correct, but they do not grasp that the glory awaiting him is his sacrificial death. He is the "Son of Man," a strange messianic title for God's servant who bears the full weight of the human condition before God. Despite the world's blind indifference, Jesus will offer himself in expiation for the sins of the world.
We say we want to follow Jesus. Today's readings bring home the serious of this prayer. Can we surrender ourselves to the paradox of his passage. It will cost everything, including our understanding and control. Full surrender is the final act of faith that places us in the hands of God. Let go and let God.