The world around us has begun to show life as the Spring bursts out with coloured themes. Yellow, I would say, is the predominant colour. It is one that lends itself to inspiring light and hope, ultimately to the Resurrection.

In today’s Gospel from St. John, we have the raising of Lazarus. With the Passion drawing nearer we have the assurance that Jesus will be raised, albeit with a glorified body, as opposed to Lazarus who will of course eventually die again.

It is interesting that it is Mary who says through her tears says, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died[1] while Martha also saying this adds “but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God he will grant you.[2] However, she does also add “I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.[3]

Jesus teaches us that “Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.[4]

Thus, through our faith, we know that “on the last day” we will all rise again. For God “is not God of the dead, but of the living.[5] However, “it is also true that, in a certain way, we have already risen with Christ. For, by virtue of the Holy Spirit, Christian life is already now on earth a participation in the death and Resurrection of Christ.[6] So, in a sense we can have little resurrections each day, for the Lord is always with us.

Well, do you believe it? Is your life centered round this tremendous fact that your life is an eternal one? Or, are you hedging your bets not living badly as such but with no eye on your eternal destiny - and just hoping that you will live forever to appear with Him in glory?”[7]

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw, OP

[1] Jn.11:32

[2] Jn.11:21

[3] Jn.11:24

[4] Jn.11:26

[5] Mk.12:27

[6] Catechism of the Catholic Church #1002

[7] Col.3:4 Catechism of the Catholic Church #1003