16 Mar He Chose New Beginnings (Forty Days with Jesus – Day 21, Mar 12th)
Read John 19:26-27
Thought for the Day: We are called to care for each other!
In the children’s story Mother Bruce, we meet a grumpy bear who lived all by himself and only really enjoyed one thing: eating eggs. However, while other bears were fine with eating things raw, Bruce was not. He was a chef and enjoyed cooking with complicated recipes he found on the internet. But, one day when he was about to cook four eggs he brought back from the forest, Bruce was shocked when they hatched and four goslings began referring to him as “Mama!” Over the course of the story, Bruce tried unsuccessfully to rid himself of his new geese. But, no matter what he tried, they stayed. And through some hilarious circumstances, Bruce came to love the geese as he learned how families care for each other.
As He was on the Cross, Jesus did something absolutely amazing: “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” Even in the moment when Mary witnessed Jesus being put to death, He cared for her and created a new family. Rather than seeing His crucifixion as the end, Jesus knew it was actually a new beginning.
As followers of Jesus, are called to accept new beginnings. During this season of Lent, we may find ourselves struggling to adjust to new normals in our families, workplaces, and community. However, because Christ calls us to love and care for our families and neighbors, let’s learn to see changing circumstances are opportunities to show His love to others. We are all called to care for each other!
Reflect & Pray – What transitions am I dealing with today? Do I see how changing circumstances offer a new beginning? God, please grant me the willingness to accept my life as it is and care for those around me!