5th Sunday of Lent Reflection
I love this story – it is one of my favourites. Have you ever noticed that two sisters could ask their good friend Jesus exactly the same question and Jesus gives one a theological dissertation and the other, he just breaks down and cries. Such is the emotional affect Mary and Jesus shared as compared to the relationship Martha had with Jesus.
As we have journeyed, Jesus has been drawing us to Him. Jesus wants us to draw us into an intimate relationship with Him. One where there is emotion, not just intelligence – where there is experience, not just understanding. The raising of Lazarus from the dead, shows us that death is subject to Jesus. This is the strongest clue yet that we are journeying with Jesus to the death a death we will share with Him, that he will overcome for us so that we can live in glory with Him
For our catechumens, the story of the creed is foremost in the mind. That Jesus will die and 3 days later he will rise from the dead having descended into Hell beforehand. That he will go to the Father the creator of all things, only begotten Son, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. In these dark days, they will pray with us for our healing.
For us the journey of preparation is ending, the chrysalis is has changed colour now and showing the colours of the butterfly inside it. There is movement in the Chrysalis and transformation of life is occurring as we speak. In all this there is the fear of death, and no one will fear more than Jesus as we head into Easter. The question for us is – will we stand with Him. We have an opportunity anew to take Jesus back into our heart in that personal way.Will we complete the race to the end. If we do, then our salvation assures our presence with Him and the Father in Heaven as it was then, is now and will forever be – Amen