Luke 13:31-35 consists of a warning and a lament. In the first part of the passage, Jesus is warned that Herod is after him, but he does not allow this threat to waiver his call to preach and heal people. Jesus will continue to follow God’s will for his life, doing what “is necessary” and proclaiming the truth. In the second part of the passage, Jesus laments over Jerusalem, crying out over the deaths of the prophets and desiring for Jerusalem to feel the love of God.
This “way to walk” is an example for how we are to live our lives in the face of atrocities like the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in New Zealand. As we lament the lives lost, we, too, are called to face the truth, proclaim the truth, and stand-up against injustice.