Readings: John 12:8a and Isaiah 43: 16-21
God parted the sea as a path to freedom for His people and as a means of destruction for their enemies. God provided water in the dryness of the desert for their physical needs and to remind them again to trust Him. Mary blessed Jesus by anointing Him and Jesus tempered Judas’ complaint by reminding him that the needy will always be present.
As we walk along our journey of faith, we also have experiences that grow our trust in God and some that allow us to bless others. In the first case we learn from our trials that God is always near, that we can trust Him with all things, and that He will provide. In the second case as we grow in our faith we come to see that we too can anoint others and in this way share God’s blessings with them.
From these two things, our focus begins to change. We begin to see others and their needs more clearly. We become freer to give away to others because we gain trust that God will provide. We come to better see needs and to understand how we can meet them as we begin to journey with Jesus alongside those in need. Our increased awareness of the needs of others, both strangers and friends alike, deepens both our inclination and ability to help. As we come to understand that helping carry another’s burden does not weigh us down but instead blesses us, we gain strength in our mission to others.
Verse 18 speaks of God doing a new thing. As we grow in our trust and as our mission to those in need develops, we see more and more from a new perspective. Our focus becomes more and more like Mary’s – seeing God’s kingdom more and the world’s less. Seeing and responding to need builds God’s kingdom. Offering more of ourselves shares Jesus increasingly with the world. God seeks to do a new thing in each of us. Can you sense it springing up? Through our lives, may we ever bring glory to God as we strive to build His kingdom here.