During these days of threat, today’s gospel “breathes” of life and life-giving. Imagine for a moment you are the ill Lazarus (actually, all of us are spiritually ill). Then you die; but wait: there is hope: Jesus is coming. Your sister, Martha, greets Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother Lazarus would not have died.” (How true!)  Jesus responds, “I am the resurrection and the life” meaning that insofar as we lead his life in ours, we are truly risen and alive. Then, his crucial question: “Do you believe this?” Jesus comes to our tomb, and cries out, “Lazarus (substitute your name), come out!” The dead one comes out tied hands and feet with burial bands. Jesus is calling us this moment to come out of our tombs of worry and despair. We live gratuitously in God’s wondrous world of mystery and beauty. And Jesus said, “Untie him, and let him go free!”

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