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Reflection by Leslie Lynch
Today's Gospel: John 11:45-56
Today’s Gospel takes place immediately following Jesus’s raising Lazarus from the dead, and just prior to what we know as Holy Week. What a stir He caused!
Everything in this passage is upside down. Lazarus, dead for four days, is alive. Jesus, the Son of God, will soon be put to death in a horrifying and brutal act designed to intimidate the Jews into continued submission to Roman occupation. Caiaphas, the high priest, advocates sacrificing one man (Jesus) to save the nation, unaware of the irony: Rome would destroy Jerusalem forty years hence anyway.
And Jesus would rise, saving both Jews and Gentiles, creating a Kingdom without end and without tears.
What does this mean for us today?
Despite all apparent evidence to the contrary, despite illness and fire and floods, despite all the twists and turns of political machinations or neighborhood and family dynamics—God is in everything. God is bigger than anything we humans can dream up. God is bigger than our grief, our suffering, our pride. God is bigger than our plans, but He is our hope.
As I write this, life is upside down for most of us. COVID-19 and natural disasters have upended “normal,” and we wonder if “normal” will ever return. None of us know what will transpire in the months between my moments at the computer now and the day this appears on CatholicMom.com.
But we can count on this: Jesus is still LORD. He Who Is, Was, and Is To Come. He is our rock, our fortress, our strength.
And as long as we look to Jesus above all else, all will be well. "All will be well, and all manner of things will be well." (Jesus to Saint Julian of Norwich)
We can trust in Him.
Jesus, I trust in You.
What small thing can I do today to help me keep my focus on Jesus?
Dear Jesus, help me see You in my life, no matter the circumstances. You promise You are with me, and I trust in You.
Copyright 2021 Leslie Lynch
Leslie Lynch lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a rescued feral-turned-sweetheart cat. She’s written three full-length novels: Hijacked, Unholy Bonds, and Opal’s Jubilee; and two novellas: Christmas Hope and Christmas Grace. She is an occasional contributor to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’s newspaper, The Criterion, and holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. Learn more at www.leslielynch.com
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