In today’s Gospel Jesus says to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” Who could make such a statement? They would either have to be someone so unique and special, the like of which this world has ever known, or they would have to be someone severely delusional. From everything we know about Jesus, he was totally sane and in touch with reality! More than that, he was someone with special wisdom and power. He did not just ask for Martha’s faith, “do you believe this?” but he did more. He showed he had power even over death itself. Who else has the power to make the tombs empty? The Lord asks us today as he asked Martha: “Do you believe this? Do you believe that everyone who lives and believes in me will never die?” What a comfort this is when we lose a loved one whom we know has lived and died in God’s grace! But Jesus’ words are not limited to the experience of death. We all experience many losses in life, little deaths, things that we have to grieve for. It could be our health, our job, our security or the loss of something that meant a lot to us. We have to trust that somehow even in these sufferings God can bring life out of death. This is what is meant by the Paschal Mystery that we are preparing to celebrate! God bless!
St. Rosalie Parish offers
12:10 p.m. Mass
Monday - Friday
Stations of the Cross Fridays at 7:00 p.m. during Lent
Following the WORD OF GOD
Created: July 23, 2004 St. Rosalie Catholic Church