“A sickness to death, for the glory of God: Lazarus enters the underworld of death. And Jesus wept.” So begins Father Lou’s teaching on the raising of Lazarus from the tomb.
The message is a simple one. In the midst of what appears to be an impossible situation, when life’s hope gives way to depression and anxiety, when all seems meaningless with no hope to the future - it is there that hope is ultimately found in the sustaining force of the Spirit of God, raising us above the this moment, calling us forward in Christ. He is opening our graves and freeing us from everything that binds us in life.
Let us commit ourselves to live this message in the sixth week of Lent, walking with the Lord in this time of Spiritual renewal, the Lenten search for life and meaning.
As Pope Francis says, “Lent is a journey of conversion that puts the heart at its center. Our heart must convert to the Lord. Let us not waste the season of Lent, so favorable a time for conversion.”