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    Rediscover the Saints - Beast Lent Ever

    Gospel Reflection: Lazarus

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    Tomorrow's reading is the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. We're talking about amazing possibilities, and one of the things we see in this reading is just an astounding faith from Martha and Mary, who are Lazarus's sisters. And Lazarus dies; they bury him; he's been buried for days. Jesus shows up, and the sisters are like: If you had been here, Jesus, this wouldn't have happened. Firstly, that's amazing faith. That's just incredible faith. And then Jesus says: Well, he will rise from the dead. And their faith is so earnest, and it's so unentitled, because I think if we were best friends with Jesus and our brother died, and then Jesus showed up, and we said, "If you'd been here, Jesus, he wouldn't have died," and Jesus said, "He will rise," I think it's easy to have an entitled perspective and think Jesus going to raise him right now.

    But their faith is so earnest, and they say: We know that he will rise from the dead just like our faith has taught us, just like the Scriptures have taught us. And then of course, Jesus goes, and he raises Lazarus from the dead. And think about that. As I often say, I think we suck the humanity out of the Scriptures, and they can become boring then. And there's so much humanity in the Scriptures. Okay, think about what it is actually like to put somebody in a tomb, dead, a few days ago and then for that person to come walking out of that tomb alive. How do you process that? How do you experience that and it not have an enormous change on your life, on everything you do, on everything you think?

    I think we have to ask ourselves: What part of your life needs to be raised from the dead? Because without a Messiah, without a Savior, without a resurrection, death was pretty final and pretty depressing. But Jesus comes along and says—hold on a minute—even death holds amazing possibilities. And so there might be some aspect of your life that is dead or almost dead or not working out, and I think today is a great day to turn to Jesus and say: Listen, Jesus, I really need you to resurrect this part of my life.

    Transcript (Español)

    La lectura de mañana es la historia de la resurrección de Lázaro. Hemos hablando de las maravillosas posibilidades, y en esta lectura vemos la fe asombrosa de Marta y María, las hermanas de Lázaro. Lázaro muere; lo entierran y ha estado enterrado durante días. Jesús aparece, y las hermanas le dicen: "Jesús, si hubieras estado aquí, esto no habría sucedido". En primer lugar, esa es una fe increíble. Jesús dice: Él resucitará de entre los muertos". Su fe es sincera y nada petulante. Porque yo creo que si nosotros fuéramos los mejores amigos de Jesús y nuestro hermano hubiera muerto, nosotros diríamos: "Jesús, si hubieras estado aquí él no habría muerto", y Jesús diría: "Resucitará". Yo creo que sería muy fácil ser petulantes y pedirle a Jesús que lo resucité inmediatamente.

    Pero la fe de ellas es sincera, y dicen: "Sabemos que él resucitará tal como nuestra fe nos lo ha enseñado, tal como está en las Escrituras". Y luego Jesús va y resucita a Lázaro. Piensa en eso. A menudo, le quitamos la humanidad a las Escrituras, haciendo que estas se puedan volver aburridas. Hay tanta humanidad en las Escrituras. Piensa en lo que implica colocar a un muerto en una tumba y luego que esa persona salga viva de la tumba unos días después. ¿Cómo se procesa eso? Sería imposible que después de algo así tu no experimentaras un cambio enorme en tu vida, en todo lo que haces y en tu forma de pensar.

    Tenemos que preguntarnos: ¿Qué parte de mi vida necesita ser resucitada de entre los muertos? Porque sin un Mesías, sin un Salvador, sin una resurrección, la muerte era final y deprimente. Pero Jesús viene y dice: espera un minuto, incluso la muerte ofrece posibilidades asombrosas. Quizás algún aspecto de tu vida está muerto, casi muerto o no funciona; pero hoy es un buen día para dirigirte a Jesús y decir: Jesús, yo necesito que tu resucites esta parte de mi vida.

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