March 25, 2012

John 11:38-45 is a portion of the text that captures the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the tomb. If you read this story prior to Sunday, please read the whole passage from 1-45. Notice the delay, the waiting. Jesus didn’t respond immediately.

It’s easy to get trapped in a tomb. Many churches, homes, and institutions can become tombs. Sometimes people feel trapped in their own bodies. The loss of mindfulness traps people in intellectual concepts, preoccupation with issues, nagging regrets and catastrophic expectations. And sometimes, all we can do is wait. Jesus’ voice, calling “Lazarus, come out!” echoes down through history and offers its invitation to each one of us. Each day, we can wait for that magic moment. Each day, we can step forth into ever-greater light.