The shortest of all Scripture passages, two simple words that remind us that Jesus, though divine, was also human. Jesus wept at the death of his friend Lazarus even though in his divinity he knew that he would soon call him out of his grave and restore him to life. This speaks to the complexity of God’s plan for our salvation. Why was it so important that Jesus wept? I would dare say it was not for his or his Father’s sake. It was for our sake. Jesus loved just as we love members of our family and our friends. To learn of their death brings great sadness and despair. In his weeping Jesus accompanies every grieving person. Jesus understands grief, he understand what it is to be human.
But there is more to this story. The act of calling his friend Lazarus out of the grave is in many ways symbolic for us. Jesus calls Lazarus to new life. He calls us to new life and in fact ensures new life for all of us in his Resurrection. Raising Lazarus from the dead served to solidify the disciple’s belief in Jesus Christ as the true Son of God, and not only for the disciples, but for all who witnessed the event.
What does it take for you to truly believe in Jesus? Do you hold any doubt within you about who Jesus is and what he has done for humanity? What, if anything, prevents you from embracing this as Truth? During Lent we tend to spend a bit more time with Jesus, in thought, in prayer and in action. Lent calls us to remember what Jesus did for us and challenges us to continue our journey of faith, accepting with gratitude the gift of the Paschal Mystery; the life, death and Resurrection of Christ. As we continue our journey through Lent we have much to experience as we approach Holy Week that could make us weep, yet we begin to anticipate once again how we as a People of God will rejoice in the Resurrection of Jesus when he conquers death and in doing so provides for us the gift of eternal life. There is indeed reason to anticipate joy!
With great anticipation,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC