The Gospel this weekend details the account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Familiarity with a story can be a good thing, but it can also lead us into complacency. This is one of those Gospel passages that is astounding if we seriously put it into perspective. However, if we simply gloss over it because we know how it ends, we will potentially miss the profound lessons offered to us. I wish I could audibly hear the conversation between Jesus and Martha. It would be interesting to know the tone of voice and the sense of urgency from Martha when she explains that Lazarus has been dead for four days. There will be a stench! This piece of information lets us know the magnitude of the miracle performed by Jesus. The Sacred Scriptures bless us each week with insights into the love of God and the Season of Lent certainly highlights our faith journey with the selected readings.
This past week I had the opportunity to visit Mount Grace Convent in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the home of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, more commonly known as the “Pink Sisters” because of their rose colored habits. These cloistered sisters spend their life in prayer, and I can only imagine the abundance of graces we have received because of their faithfulness. Spending a few minutes in their chapel served as a quick reminder to me of the awesome mercy and love of God. We can trust in the resurrection.
May this Fifth Sunday of Lent bring you abundant blessings!