By: Kathryn Perry
Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8; Psalm 126 (5)
“Thus says the LORD, I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth . . . for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.”
Before Passion Sunday, there is a resurrection: Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary is raised from the dead by his friend, Jesus. This not a new thing since the daughter of Jairus was raised earlier in Jesus’ ministry. The new thing is redemption given us through the death of Jesus: proof of his mortality that makes his resurrection an even more powerful event. As Lent draws to its close, it is a time to reflect on how we can extend the giving of ourselves our time, and our love to all we meet everyday.