The Gospels recount many of the miracles the Lord performed: restoring sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, strength of limbs to the lame and palsied, multiplying the loaves and fishes to feed the hungry. Saint John, in his Gospel, does not call these great works of Jesus miracles; he calls them signs. Truly, the Lord’s miracles are signs, since – in addition to what the miracle accomplishes in itself – it points to some further reality. Certainly this can be seen clearly in the miracle of the raising of Lazarus, which is recounted in today’s Gospel. Not only is Lazarus raised from the dead, but this miracle points to a greater work of God: the glorious resurrection of our Savior on Easter. This is why the Church places this Gospel story towards the end of Lent, as a means to help us prepare spiritually for Easter.
The consequences of the coronavirus include not only the sickness and potential death of many people, but also a disruption to the social and economic structures of our nation and the world. It is necessary for us to pray that our civil leaders will be wise in discerning the needs of our country, prudent in determining the best course of actions, and courageous in carrying out decisively those actions. All the more so should we pray for our Bishop and our priests and deacons. This passing world will always have its sorrows and pain. And death. But Christ, Who took upon Himself the fullness of our humanity, Who became like us in all things but sin, has conquered sin and death. The raising of dead Lazarus back to life is not only a sign of Our Lord’s death and resurrection, but a sign for us.
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May God bless you!