Homily, 5th Lent – A Poem on Resurrection Awakening
April 2, 2017
Title: Move the stone away
The death of a loved one
plunges us into sorrow.
We feel impotent. No words can console.
We question hope.
With sorrow Jesus finds his friend Lazaro
His grave is closed with a stone. A blockage.
Stone separates the living and dead
“Why did you not save him?”
Martha pleads, Jesus answers
“Did I not promise?
You will see the power of God”
Her faith awakens.
Jesus calls out: “Take away the stone.”
and “he raises his eyes to heaven”
…faith in the mystery of death
stronger than stench and grief
“Lazarus, come out! Bound in wrappings;
signs of death
Yet the dead man is alive.
The dead man is alive.
What are the “stones” that block our faith?
How will our faith awake?
Shall we “lift our eyes to God”
when we encounter death?
4. This is the faith of we who trust Jesus
those we bury in death still live
that resurrection not a distant future
living now, in the communion of the saints,
living now, as we celebrate the Eucharist.
rdueweke (April 2, 2017)