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. 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.
Are you ready for our final sprint towards Easter? Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and the beginning of Holy Week. Plan now to participate in the whole Sacred Triduum: Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7:00pm, Passion Service on Good Friday 12:30pm, and the most important celebration of the entire year, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 8:30pm, and Easter Day at 9:00am. The whole liturgical year - and our faith! - revolves around the celebration of this central mystery of the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Savior.
May God bless you!