The Gospel according to St. Luke devotes ten chapters to our Lord's last journey to Jerusalem.  When the time came, Jesus "set his face to go to Jerusalem" (9:51, ESV).  The meaning of the Greek expression implies strong, unswerving resolution - steadfast determination of an iron will. 

Jesus let nothing deter Him from His goal - not praise nor hostility - none of Satan's temptations, even when directed by His own family and disciples.  Nothing could keep Him from His atoning work - from His sacrificial love for the whole world.  As the suffering Servant spoke through the prophet Isaiah,
I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame (Isaiah 50:7).

Again this Lenten season God grant us resolve to focus on our Lord's unshakable jouney to Jerusalem to redeem us.  In setting His face to go up to Jerusalem He did not turn back but accomplished our redemption on Calvary.  Risen from the grave His face is now set on bringing the fruits of His cross to us and to all people.  What we have to share with others is Him - His steadfast love - His forgiving presence - His gifts of life and salvation.

Happy Lent in His Name! 

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