Scripture Reading: John 11:40
A certain man named Lazarus was sick and his sisters Mary and Martha sent for our Lord Jesus;
who was a friend to the family. Jesus delayed and Lazarus eventually died. By the time our Lord
Jesus Christ showed up, Lazarus had been dead for four days. The sisters wept and bemoaned
our Lord Jesus’ lateness saying to Him, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have
died” (John 11:1 – 44). They had sent for Him because they believed indeed that our Lord Jesus
Christ could heal their brother, but they did not believe that He could raise their brother from
the dead; because if they did, they would have rejoiced at seeing Him and then promptly asked
Him to do the needful. Our Lord Jesus Christ responded to Martha saying, “Did I not say to you
that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Jesus is asking Martha to align with
His perspective. What then is our Lord Jesus’ perspective? He wants us to see that He can do all
things. He does not want us to believe that He can do some things and not some other things
like his friends Mary and Martha. He had initially said to His disciples, “Lazarus is dead. And I am
glad for your sakes that I was not there that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him.”
This means that our Lord Jesus Christ purposely delayed going to Bethany. He did not want to
heal Lazarus’ sickness. Everyone already knew He could do that. He wanted to show that He could
also bring the dead back to life. He confirmed that when He said, “This sickness is not unto death,
but for the glory of God, that the son of God may be glorified through it.” (John 11:15). The
miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection was a sign pointing to our Lord Jesus Christ as the Resurrection
and Life. It was a demonstration of what God will do for all believers who have died, for they too
will be raised from the dead. Beloved in Christ, to what extent do you believe in God? Do you
truly believe that He is Omnipotent? That He can do anything we ask of Him? He is able to do
superabundantly more than all that we dare to ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Just think about it.
Yes! He can do it.
MASS: RED THE PASSION OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST (MEMORIAL) 1 Cor 1:26-31; Ps 33:12-13. 18-
19.20-21(R.12b); Accl Jn 13:34; Gospel Mk 6:17-29
Let us pray with St. Alphonsus, “You spared nothing to save me and win my love. Take me
then, and let my salvation consist in loving you always in this life and in the next. Hold your hand
upon me that I may never more offend you.” I resolve Holy Jesus the rest of my life to loving you.
But it is only your grace that will help me fulfil this resolution.
Exercise: Be still in His presence for some minutes and try to hear what He has to say to you.
Meditation: Matthew 19:26