Psalms 41, 52; Deuteronomy 8: 11-20; Hebrews 2: 11-18, John 2: 1-12
I wonder if Jesus was a difficult child to raise. The little that we know of Christ speaking to the scholars in the temple at age 12 and amazing his parents with his knowledge leaves something to our imagination. "He grew tall and wise, and was loved by God and man.” Luke 2:52.
He was obedient to go to the wedding in Cana in Galilee with his mother. Mary wanted Jesus to help the bride and groom not to run out of wine. Who wants to start married life being embarrassed about a wine shortage? The miracle of changing the water to good wine seems magical and makes me love the human side of Christ. In John’s Gospel, Jesus clearly knows his mission from the start.
In the letter to the Hebrews, Paul states how Christ's humanity was so necessary because as Jesus died, he broke the power of the Devil. We are Christ's brothers and sisters and can claim to share and love the same Father, verse 40. Paul writes how Jesus is our merciful and faithful High Priest before God in dealing with our sins.
The sin of being ungrateful for all the blessings that we receive is mentioned in our Deuteronomy reading. It is easy to be overly proud of ourselves and forget that all good things come from God. So let us say, "I delight to do your will, my God, for your law is written upon my heart.” Psalm 40:8.
The more time that we give in Lent to prayer and spiritual reading, the more glorious our Easter morning celebration will be. I pray for blessings and love in your life as we share the love of our Father in Heaven.
Bonnie Stroock has helped at St. Margaret's VBS, Stations of the Cross and First Thursday Morning Prayer. She attends the Labyrinth series and is President of the Palm Springs Chapter of the Order of Daughters of the King. She is an LEV and in charge of the Family and Children’s Ministry at her church, St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs.