Powerful reading this morning ....
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."
prayer: Dear Jesus, I thank you that you are the door through which I can enter and find salvation, security, provision and abundance of life.
This first reading was enough for me today ... but I continued to read.
The next passage comes from the story about Jesus raising Lazarus ....
second reading ....
Then Jesus said, " Did I not tell you that if you believed, that you would see the glory of God?"
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."
Jesus was not with Lazarus and his sisters (Mary and Martha) when he died. They were very dear friends of Jesus and we in their mind was "late" now they would have to wait until the resurrection to see their brother again. But although we read the story initially and think why was Jesus late ... when indeed he was right on time. Mary and Martha had a number of visitors that were around to witness the return of Lazarus - how many more people then believed because of Gods timing that demonstrated His glory. Through the time that Jesus was on his way to Lazarus he was praying to God.
Jesus brings life, no matter how dead and helpless things seem. We need to keep praying and believe in His ability and desire to answer.
GRACE AND PEACE!