Monday, March 30, 2015

Mark 11:1-11 (ESV)

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

How do you react when Jesus sends someone in need to you? We all lead busy lives; few, if any of us, are waiting for someone to appear who wants something from us. Yet, who in your life doesn’t want something from you?

Let’s assume God is in control of everything. Among other things, this would mean that all of the people who have been a part of your life have played their part for a reason. And some of them—even if you won’t allow that all of them—have wanted something from you. This would mean that God has sent some (if not all) people into your life with needs that he wants you to meet.

So, how do you react?

If you are like me, often you react in a less than generous way. And, if you are like me, and in this I hope you are not, you sometimes are stingy with what you have when others express a need for it. After all, it’s “mine.”

Let’s assume that God is not only in control of everything, but that he made everything. That would mean that everything really belongs to God, and that nothing is “mine” (or “yours”).

If you are like me, this is a very hard thing to accept, for I have listened to voices all of my life that say “mine!”

But now, as our Lent closes, let’s consider that Jesus sends people with needs into our lives so that we may give them what they need to see him and proclaim “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Lord Jesus, blessed be Your Holy Name! Take and use whatever you have given me to enable others to proclaim you are the Christ, the Son of God. Amen.