Whoever Believes

Raising Lazarus by Carl Bloch

“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.” John 11:25-26

So simple, yet so profound.

So easy, yet at times so difficult.

It can be hard to believe in something that can’t be physically seen, to grasp that God created us to live in a world where it seems as though He can’t be found. 

Why would Our Heavenly Father put us on Earth, and not walk here beside us? 

Without knowing and understanding the truths that have been divinely revealed to us through the story of the fall and our redemption, these questions can cause doubt and disbelief. Our human nature only allows us to think in human terms. 

In the gospel story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, Martha affirms her belief in Jesus. Yet when Jesus says “Take away the stone” Martha says “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Jesus, reminding her of His promise, replies “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”

When we try to reason with our human minds, our human minds cause us to doubt. It is only through faith and trust in a Higher Power with a divine knowledge that surpasses our own human limitations that we can fathom a God who created us out of love to live with Him in Heaven forever, if we simply believe. 

God has not abandoned us. We are not alone. When we sinned and were naked in the garden, He clothed us. When we crucified Him and He ascended into Heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit here to dwell among us. He gave us the sacrament of baptism to cleanse our souls from original sin, confession to reconcile us when we fall, matrimony and Holy Orders to fulfill His plans for the family and His church, and He sustains us with His own body and blood through the Holy Eucharist.

Today on this 5th Sunday of Lent, let us pray that we can surrender ourselves to God’s divine providence and wisdom, to rely not on our own human minds but instead to fully believe and trust in the Eternal Word of God.

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