An Extreme Sign of Hope
That Jesus raised Lazarus is an extreme sign of hope amid horrendous suffering. Jesus calls in our suffering us to come forth to receive every grace, ending in eternal life! This anticipates Jesus’ resurrection, and the resurrection of all of Gods people.
Reflecting on the Gospel Jesus seemed to act oddly, perhaps aloof or unconcerned. When they told him that Lazarus was ill, Jesus was dismissive saying that the affair wouldn’t end in death, but would glorify the Son of God. Then he hung around for two more days.
It is not as it may seem. Jesus isn’t cold hearted or having a bad day preventing him from doing what is right. Just as a parent may allow a little extended pain for the good of their child, so Jesus allowed the situation, devastating to Mary and Martha, to unfold. At the end of the day, that Jesus raised Lazarus is an extreme sign of hope amid horrendous suffering. This is a sign for us in the here and now. The resurrection is a sign of hope in the next life, the sign of Lazarus is a sign of living hope that must be woven into the fabric of our daily struggles.
Jesus calls us forth through the power of his grace to liberate us so we can continue living. Jesus has the answer to every tribulation; Jesus is the answer. Having faith in Christ there is no dead-end for his followers!
It’s not that we, or God desire suffering. However, suffering can draw us closer to God. We pray more, we are more open to the spirit; we sin less and we come to understand Jesus in a more profound way. In suffering our heart grows: our faith, love and hope increase as our heart expands.
In suffering we cry out to our Father after the example of Jesus. This gives life profound and sacred meaning. In suffering we share in Jesus’s victory of life triumphing over death. In keeping our heart open we are open to suffering but open to life! In keeping our heart open we share in Jesus’ victory over death, becoming full of life ourselves, and life giving to others!
Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is an extreme sign of hope amid horrendous suffering. This is a sign for us in the here and now. Jesus calls in our suffering us to come forth to receive grace and new life, allowing us to continue to live our lives, but in a more profound and more sacred way!