In today’s Gospel from John 11:1- 45 we hear the familiar story of Martha and Mary following the death of their beloved brother Lazarus. It is a lengthy story that is full of imagery and a wide range of emotions. I always find myself when I hear this Gospel thinking about loved ones who have gone before. Spending time with people we get to know them better and discover their most precious dreams. The dreams of our hearts are the ones we most often cling to.
In this story, Martha and Mary are mourning the loss of their beloved brother, Lazarus. Lazarus who was also a friend of Jesus had died and was buried in the tomb already. The sisters greet Jesus with the message that if he had been there Lazarus would not have died. Jesus recognizing the grief of the sisters and probably his own performs a miracle and raises Lazarus from the dead. In raising Lazarus Jesus embraced his own humanity and reiterates that the Holy Spirit will come and continue to care for all. What a great reason to rejoice this day!
Pat Schifini, OSU