It’s for real
From today’s Scripture: “Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.”—Jn 11:1
Someone you know might remember exactly what was going on in their lives on 9/11 2001: “I was sitting at work when suddenly people were gathering around a TV set down the hall, horrified at the sight of a jet plane striking the World Trade Center.”
The Raising of Lazarus is a story like that. It was Lazarus, from Bethany, a place everyone knew of. Remember? Mary and her sister Martha lived there, remember? We’re hearing these details late in Lent because those who are telling the Easter story, the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, want us to know this happened, in plain sight. They remember details. The gift of faith, from God, tells us the truth of the resurrection, yet no one knows exact details. In today’s Gospel, St. John the Evangelist wants us to know how the amazing events leading to that happened in plain sight. It’s good to remember that as Easter approaches.
Let us pray: Loving God, give me the gift of faith today. As I make my lenten observance. Let me know in my heart that you are real, that Jesus is resurrected, that your spirit is alive within your Church.
Today’s author is John Feister, an award-winning journalist and member of Glenmary’s Communications Team.
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