FR. ANDREW WRITES:-
Lent is progressing. Last Sunday was Laetare Sunday or Rejoice Sunday an opportunity to lighten up on Lenten penances and of course to show gratitude and to pray for all mothers.
We live in uncertain times with questions of security following the Westminster attack last week. And now Brexit has been triggered, how will the future pan out in this country and our relationship with the rest of Europe?
Anyone who has lost loved ones will know how hard that can be sometimes especially when it is unexpected and sudden. We remember those who lost their lives last week in Westminster.
Martha and Mary in the Gospel today had lost their brother Lazarus who was a friend of Jesus’ too. Jesus is distressed.
This is revealing as it says,
‘At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept’.
This is reassuring. Jesus understands fully the human condition and grief, he sighed, he shed tears, he wept.
As one writer put it,
‘God became man in order to experience our condition, our life, from the inside: to know our joys and sorrows as we know them’ (‘Year of the Lord’s Favour’ Aidan Nichols, p. 136).
The point is God didn’t have to become man but he chose to do it. Whatever happens, Jesus has gone through it all. He is there to journey with us at all times through thick and thin, through good and bad.
This miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead anticipates Jesus’ own resurrection after three days in the tomb, a remarkable event! This is something to look forward to a concrete sign of hope as we progress these Lenten days of uncertainty and which Easter is all about.