I wish that every Sunday would have the same Gospel reading because I really enjoy hearing two different perspectives on the reflection that follows as the Homily and Sermon.
The reading was from John 11: 1-7, 17-45. The Story of Lazarus.
The Homily focused more on Mary and Martha who were waiting for Jesus to come. The point being that their waiting actually increased their faith in Jesus. For us, its hard to wait – especially in such a hurry up society. Waiting for things to happen is part of the journey and helps us to appreciate things even more than if we always get what we want, exactly when we want it.
I know for sure that it is SO hard to wait on God’s timing. I am an impatient person. If I want something to happen, I want it to happen like yesterday. I can only control so much and I certainly cannot control God’s timing. The more I have learned to trust His timing, the more I have taught myself to be a little more patient.
The Sermon focused more on Lazarus and why he had to die. Mary and Martha had called for Jesus but he did not go to them right away. Instead, He waited. Because He waited, he could not prevent Lazarus from dying.
But that was part of the bigger plan. After Lazarus had been dead for four days, He would say –
“Lazarus, come out!”
And, then, Lazarus was alive!
Lazarus had to die in order for God to reveal the bigger part of His plan. Because sometimes bad things have to happen in order for something good to come of it.
This part of the story really got me thinking –
What is YOUR Lazarus? What, in your life, have you allowed to “die” and it needs to be brought back to life?
Have you given up hope that things will never change, never get better?
Have you said, “I have done all I can?”
Whatever that thing is – THAT is your Lazarus.
Just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, you can do the same for your Lazarus.
Just as Jesus was the only One who could raise Lazarus from the dead, you are the only one who can bring back that thing that you have given up on.
Because, ultimately, the story of Lazarus is a story of hope.
Hope changes things. You can change things.
It is your Lazarus. You can make it alive again!
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