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Saturday of Lazarus

Saturday of Lazarus

On this Saturday before Holy week, we remember the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus.  When Lazarus was very ill, his sisters Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus, hoping that He would come quickly to heal His close friend, Lazarus. But Jesus waited two days before beginning His journey and then said to His disciples, “Let us go into Judea that I might awake My friend who sleepeth.” His disciples did not know that Lazarus had already passed away, and the waking of Lazarus would be his resurrection.  Four days after Lazarus’ death, Jesus asked Mary and Martha to move the stone from the tomb. Jesus looked up into heaven, prayed to His Father and then commanded Lazarus to rise and exit the tomb where he had been buried. When Lazarus came out, he was fully restored to life.

Christ says “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” Although we will experience bodily death, we will not experience spiritual death as long as we keep our faith.  This is what matters most. In Christ, we will always live.

Many people, including Martha and Mary, could not understand why Jesus delayed.  But Jesus tells us why.  He says, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  It was so the people could witness the power and Glory of God.  Many of us today don’t understand why God does not solve all of our problems, or why sometimes God seems to delay answering our prayers.  It is exactly the same reason why Jesus delayed in helping Lazarus. Christ has always better plans for us.  Have faith by being patient with the struggles you are going through because God will answer. Keep praying and keep believing because He is there for you and He will show up at the right time and give you His hand during your most difficult time.  

Have a Blessed Holy Week

Posted by Fr Theofanis Katsiklis at 6:00 AM
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