Pondering for Monday, February 27, 2023

Daily Office Readings for Monday of the 1st Week in Lent: Year 1

AM Psalms  41 and  52; PM Psalm 44;   
Deuteronomy 8:11 to 20Hebrews 2:11to18John 2:1to12

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

Let’s be with Mary the mother of Jesus for all of his earthly life.  And, although she is never named in the Gospel of John, the writer of this Gospel is dependent on his readers to have read the Synoptic Gospels in order to fill in all such details.

While not wealthy by any means, Mary and Jesus probably did not ever go to bed hungry. As we know, our Lord Jesus has a knack for multiplying food. Mary puts forth her request at the wedding and turns to face the servants of our Lord Jesus, (this includes us). If you consider yourself to be a servant of our Lord Jesus, then she looks beyond, and through the pages of your Bible right into your eyes.  She says to them and to you, “Do whatever he tells you.

When she made this request, Jesus mumbled something about His time has not yet come; but Mary has already turned from him fully knowing that he will take care of the situation. She has perhaps never been denied by him.  As far as she is concerned, it is a done deal.

This is also a lesson to us.  We should make our needs known to our Lord Jesus and then proceed in life fully confident that Jesus will take care of the situation. Let us not forget the “do” part.  After all, she did say “Do,” whatever he tells you.  There is a participation part that we have to do.  In Jesus’ day, filling the barrels was not a matter of turning on a faucet or water hose. It was hauling water from its source to the barrels. It probably took time and sweat.  There is always a “do” part in our partnership with our Lord Jesus.

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine and Russia.

As we listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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