Wednesday, April 2, 2014
by Sister Laura Zelten
In this week's Gospel, we see Jesus perform another miracle -- raising Lazarus from the dead. This miracle may seem to contradict what the Gospel tells us in previous weeks and what we tell ourselves as we make our Lenten sacrifices: that this earthly world and all of the things of it are surpassed by the heavenly afterlife awaiting us. But if this is true, why does Jesus bring Lazarus back to life? Jesus knows heaven. Yet, he still weeps when he hears of Lazarus' death, his departure from the physical world.
It is through this miracle we are reminded that our physical presence is important and even necessary in order to achieve God's will. We can say the same for Jesus, who came in human form in order to fulfill God's plan of eternal life for all people. Would these Gospels read the same if Jesus had not become physically present here on earth? No, Jesus' life lived as a human being in a human body is what makes his sacrifices and love for us so real!
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