Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My Reflections for the fifth Sunday of Lent (John 11:3-7,17,20-27,33-45) March 9, Jesus, Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus

My reflections:
Our relationship with our friends has different degrees; there are friends whom we can freely unburden whatever emotions we have. There are those whom we are wary of sharing our deepest secrets for fear of betrayal and scorn. This is also true on how we give our love to our friends. There is superficial love and there’s sacrificial or agape love towards our friends.

In the gospel we clearly see the deep friendship and love amongst Jesus and sisters Mary and Martha together with their brother Lazarus. When Lazarus got sick both sisters went to see Jesus and told him: "Master, the one you love is ill." ( Jn 11:3). On Jn 11:5 it says “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” On Jn 11:20 it says: “When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him.” Then when Jesus was already in their house Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Jn. 11:21.

When Jesus saw where Lazarus was buried he wept. Jn. 11:35.

What does these following Bible passages tell us? It simply tells us that Jesus can also be our friend; he is a friend that is not bounded by time and space, he is an ever present friend; we must be aware of his presence in our lives. He is a friend that is always there ready to listen, ready to help us lighten our load. We just need to be open to him.

On Matthew 11:28 Jesus tells us: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

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