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The Lord of Life is here

Today’s gospel is one which is often chosen to be read at funerals. We can understand why because it describes a scene where people are weeping and grieving over the death of a loved one.

But there is much more happening here than death and weeping, because Jesus not only performs a great miracle but gives us a powerful message. His arrival gives to those who are grieving the hope of life in the midst of death. He calls Lazarus out of the tomb and, perhaps more importantly, declares himself to be the Resurrection and the Life. The raising of Lazarus is not just the resuscitation of a dead man, but is a powerful symbol of a new life that all of us can undergo when we trust in faith that Jesus is the Lord of Life. This is the hope that applies not only to those who have lost a loved one but to all of us who are still living. We can rise from the death of sin to a life bathed in the love of God. Eternal life is not just something that begins when we die. It begins when we can make a profession of faith like Martha in today’s gospel. Martha declares “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into the world.” The Lord of Life has come among us and eternal life is not only a future hope but a present reality.

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