At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 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. 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.’ 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! 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.’” (Luke 13:31-35, NRSV)
As a hen gathers her brood under her wings, Jesus seeks to protect us.
You see for warmth and comfort, for protection, a mother hen gathers her offspring under her wings. She takes the cold and the abuse and shelters her children under her wings.
And Jesus is reminding them that there is sorrow in this time because they are not willing to be protected, comforted or held under the wings of God.
Are you willing?