The scriptures read are Zechariah 7-8, Psalm 137 and Mark 15.
Zechariah 7. The leaders are planning to hold a day of mourning on the 70th anniversary of the fall of Jerusalem. The 5th month is Av and traditionally the temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av, commemorated today by Jews as Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting. God asks if they are merely being nostalgic for when Jerusalem was large and prosperous. Where does God come into this?
God's message through the prophets hasn't changed. We get a wonderful summary of it in verses 9 and 10.
The people haven't changed either. They still don't listen to God. Fine, he won't listen to them, either.
Zechariah 8. God cares passionately about Jerusalem. He is returning. and it will flourish. The whole world will come because of God.
Psalm 137. You may have heard this Jamaican version of this psalm before. If not, you're welcome.
Mark 15. If you wish to read my reflections on this chapter, click here.