Happy and Holy Easter Everyone!!! It has been said that we might better celebrate the season from Easter and beyond is by remembering Lazarus. If we read the Gospel carefully, we notice that there are two men named Lazarus. So which one? Well, both, actually.
In Luke 16:9-31, we have the parable of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man. While the rich man “dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day,” Lazarus lay at his gate, covered with sores; Longing to catch a few scraps that fell from the table. Through our Lenten fasting, we learn how to empathize with the ones left outside and allow our lives to be transformed so that the teaching of Jesus might take root in us and our hearts might be softened, unlike the rich man.
The other Lazarus in the Gospel—the brother of Martha and Mary, who lived in Bethany—is the man Jesus raised from the dead, after four days in the tomb. In the 11th Chapter of the Gospel of St. John, we see that this miraculous event took place not long before Jesus’ own Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Without a doubt, our bodies will die, but our faith in this same Jesus, give us the hope of Resurrection to Eternal Life.
So, in these holy days, look to Lazarus in your respect for the dignity and worth of every person you meet. And celebrate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the real confirmation of your own eternal value in God’s eyes!
Happy Easter and Blessings!
Deacon George +