This Sunday, we are asked to reflect on three important issues: life, death, and resurrection. The reading is from St John, and it gives an account of when Jesus brought Lazarus back to life.
We may find it strange that Jesus did not immediately go to Lazarus and his sisters. Instead, Jesus sets off on the journey, two days later, and Lazarus had died by the time he arrived. When Jesus sees Martha, he tells her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”
Why didn’t Jesus, go to Lazarus house, immediately? Jesus wanted God to be glorified. He wanted to show God’s authority on death, he wanted to show who he was.
No-one likes to think about death. The death of a relative or friend brings sadness and suffering. However, this miracle brings us hope. Lazarus was brought back from death, a short time before Jesus faces the passion and death on the cross. As we know and believe, Jesus rose from the dead. This is the reason for our hope, that despite the difficulties and suffering we face, there is always hope of a new life.
Jesus does not only state that he is the resurrection, but that he is also life. Today’s reading is from John’s Gospel, chapter 11. In chapter 10, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Jn 10,10) Jesus wants us to enjoy not only eternal life in heaven, but also our life on earth. We gain joy in this life, when we do things to glorify God. Mary and Martha did not understand why Jesus did not go to their house, at once. This teaches us perseverance in prayer. We should never stop praying. God always hears our prayers; however, he does not always give us what we ask for. If Jesus had gone immediately, most probably Lazarus would have been alive, and he would have healed him. However, Jesus did something greater, he brought him back to life. This shows us the power of God, which is greater than death, which is greater than any suffering or challenge we may face. The power of God, at the end, will give us hope, that after this life, we are to enjoy eternal life with him.