In these turbulent times, it is easy to become frightened or discouraged. Yet the Christian faith calls us to face fear with courage, hope, and self-sacrifice for the sake of others. As we mark the 40 days which lead to Easter, we are invited to make a fearless journey with Jesus, as we remember his teachings about facing adversity, and the living example he set before us in his fearless life and death.
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” How many versions of that mistaken belief, do we say in our heart of hearts to God? “Lord, if you had been here — if you were real — if you loved me — bad things would not happen.”
I found this verse staring me in the face and thought about how I have lived so much of my life trying to keep my finger in the dike to hold back the force of death, particularly the death of the Church, telling myself, if I am there, it won’t die.
What Jesus showed me anew, in this story, is that death does not have the final word, that I don’t have to keep plugging the hole, that he’s led the way, and there’s nothing to be afraid of.