The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 405/607


“…whatever I command you, tell them, and omit nothing. Perhaps they will listen and turn back.” There seems to be a growing number of people, at times, very loud ones, who do not want to hear correction, solid advice, or the truth about life and love. In the end, there is nothing but disaster waiting for those who throw off the weight of wisdom especially offered by those who lived the life and walked by faith. The courage to take a leap of faith is needed, especially in our day and time.

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” The benefits of this leap of faith are crystal-clear and even more desirable in the Gospel today. The scene there is similar to the many experiences that we have had when someone once close to us has died. There is sorrow, there is doubt, and sometimes there is darkness. This is certainly true today in the Gospel with the two famous sisters, Martha and Mary. Martha begins with Jesus suggesting that somehow all of the present tragedy in their lives could have been avoided if the Lord had just planned his schedule a little differently. However, before Jesus has a chance to respond to that statement, Martha quickly adds that no matter what the reason or course of events, she is ready to make that leap of faith and trust with all her heart and mind as to the outcome. Then Jesus reveals why the trusting moment is pivotal for all of us: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Without faith, hope and trust, there is no promise for the future, and without a promising future, life has no direction, no meaning, and no justification.” Adlin Sinclair

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