Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.'
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
In today's Gospel, some Pharisees asked Jesus to leave Galilee, because Herod (Antipas) wanted to kill Him. Jesus did not change His plan due to threat, instead He foretold the destruction of Jerusalem, which seemed impossible to the people of His time.
In the face of intimidation, Jesus did not retreat. He knew very well His mission on earth. He also knew that He was meant to die in Jerusalem. His time had not yet come.
Jesus showed us His way of facing persecution. It is hard to be fearless. Through prayers, we believe that Jesus would grant us sufficient grace and strength for us to bear our cross. Lord, teach us to get closer to You in tribulations.