March 26, 2023

My reflection is from Living Faith:
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. John 11:17
The story of the raising of Lazarus shows a moment when Jesus is most human and most divine. He is most human: He really loves Martha, Mary and Lazarus. When he sees the others weeping for Lazarus, he is ‘perturbed and deeply troubled’ (verse 33). And when he stands outside the tomb of his good friend, he himself weeps. Such actions make us say of him, ‘He is truly one of us.’
At the same time, the account powerfully shows Jesus divinity. He prays to his heavenly Father, he calls Lazarus to come forth and a dead human being-now alive-stumbles out of a dark tomb still wrapped in his burial shroud. Some of the onlookers begin to believe in Jesus. But others run to the authorities to report what Jesus has done. The raising of Lazarus is the last straw: Jesus must be stopped, permanently.
Loving Jesus, may I never forget that you are both human and divine.” Sr. Melanie Svoboda, S.N.D.