5th Sunday of Lent, Year A
The Lord the Giver of Life
Our gospel this Sunday reveals to us that God has power even over life and death. The miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is perhaps the greatest miracle, the greatest sign of Jesus’ power. God is the Lord, the Giver of Life as we say in the Nicene Creed. All of us will struggle someday with the death of someone we love or our own death, and we will come to accept it only by accepting God’s offer of new life. However, new life and eternal life really begins not when we die physically, but at our baptism. We are beginning that life now. God offers new life in those areas of our life that are dead and that have lost vitality and passion. This time of dying to the things that the virus prevents us to do can very much be a time of renewal in our family life, in simplicity, in prayer, and in charity to our neighbor.
In order that God may breathe life into these areas again, we must hear his voice. He said to Lazarus, “Come out!” It is good to think of the energy in our Lord’s voice in saying these words to us. We can imagine the urgency and the authority in his voice. How is he saying, “Come out” to you? In our prayers this week, can we name the tomb in which we find ourselves? Can we still our hearts enough to hear these strong and holy words? Can we obey them in faith? If we allow the Spirit to move us, change us, and reshape us, then the new awakening that Jesus brought to Lazarus will be our awakening as well. God bless you!