Fifth Sunday of Lent
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
‘Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”’
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead to prove to us that we would share bodily in His Resurrection. If not for this miracle we might still doubt the resurrection of our own bodies, as we are not God. Yet in the resurrection and return to this life of Lazarus, we see the glory of God made manifest here on earth in promise of the Glory of God that awaits us in heaven. We look forward to seeing God face to face with our own bodily eyes. We believe that we will inhabit heaven as hylomorphic creatures, body and soul. Jesus took His human body to heaven; so, too, will we.
After being raised, Lazarus lived the rest of his earthly life in great joy, knowing the truth of death and life in Jesus Christ. He was under constant threat because the enemies of Jesus wanted to eliminate his witness to Jesus’ power. Lazarus proved the truth of Jesus’ divine glory even after Jesus’ ascension to heaven. Four days in the tomb could not corrupt Lazarus’ flesh beyond Jesus’ power to repair it. Neither could Jesus’ three days in the tomb destroy Him-Who-Is life itself.
We are suffering an entombment of sorts in this pandemic lockdown, but this too will give way to the power of God. I have already seen great fruits of faith among the people of God demonstrated here and now. Many of you have come for extra Adoration time with the Blessed Sacrament. I have heard many beautiful confessions and the grace of God’s mercy is flowing freely! Hundreds of people from at least seven different States have tuned in to our local Mass broadcasts and joined us in Divine Worship. Many of you have stepped up to support our parishes by mailing in your financial support or signing up for electronic giving. Many of you have written or called to express your support and appreciation for what we are doing as a parish. And most uplifting of all to me personally, I have heard story after story of families gathering in prayer in your homes and making your Domestic Churches stronger. The dark night of our present isolation cannot hide the bright light of God’s glory shining through you for the world.
Keep it up! Keep the faith! Let your hunger for the Eucharist grow and foster the growth of your desire for Him in every part of your lives. Be not afraid! Christ has conquered sin and death, and the Easter of our joy is fast approaching.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn