Memorial Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus
[Scripture Readings: Ex 34:29-35; Jn 11:19-27]
Woody Allen used to say, “If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank.” The words, “If only…” often express a heartbreaking challenge to God’s loving Providence. “If only our kids had not been driving that night.” “If only Mom had not had not fallen on the stairs!” “If only Dad had taken a different plane.” “Lord, if only you had been here by brother would not have died.” “If only we could turn back the clock and prevent tragedy!”
But God’s loving Providence doesn’t have to turn time back to save us from death. Jesus says, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” It’s a far greater act of God’s goodness and love for us to overcome death on its own ground, than to postpone it. To show his divine power to do this, Jesus said, “Lazarus, come forth.” And to help us through all the events and tragedies of life and death, Jesus did give us some clear signs that we can bank on: the seven sacraments, especially this Eucharist, the very source of our eternal life and happiness.