And Jesus Wept!
On this last Sunday in Lent, we get a foretaste of what is to come. The resurrection of Lazarus. The Gospel story is a story of wonder and new beginnings. It is a foretaste of what is to come, a story of wonder and awe. It is a promise of eternal life. We are told that Jesus wept, showing his humanness on one hand and then proving again that he is indeed the son of God, who gives us courage and life. Jesus says: “Unbind him and let him go,” and Lazarus was fully restored and to life. With Lent coming to an end, you and I can certainly use a reminder of eternal life but even more important for us is the gift to live our lives to the fullest. How often do we stifle ourselves with shoulds, anxiety, and guilt and then are only partially alive. I think this is when Jesus weeps for us and with us, as well when we do not accept the gifts that are offered to us.
Lent is a penitential period. It is a period of fasting, prayerfully looking at what we do not need, and letting go or taking on being more loving and compassionate.
Keep us from stifling the new that seeks to be born in us, the fear of giving of ourselves, because we are not worthy. Keep us open to the possibility of being changed, renewed and born again to do your will. Amen