Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Simple Prayer

A reflection on John 11:1-44 by Mother Maria- Michael Newe, OSB.

In the Gospel when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead we hear, “…the sisters said to Jesus, ‘Master the one whom you love is ill.” How simple. It reminded me of Mary at the wedding feast at Cana when she said, “They have no wine.” Nothing more was said. That was enough. That faith that brings concerns to the Master and says, “I believe. I’ll only present to you the situation. I’m not going to tell you what to do, how to do it or give you the list of other things.” No it’s so simple, it’s almost startling.

I saw that today when we bring the prayer of the Church to Christ. He loves His Bride, the Church. To say, Lord, “The one you love is ill.” And what does He say about it? “This illness is not to end in death, but it is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” What confidence to hear those words. And I thought, yes, the Church is ill, that’s okay. It will at one point glorify God greatly, even through this illness. God can use anything for His glory-- even us! What a gift.

As we come to Holy Week, there isn't any greater time to bring the Church to the feet of Christ. How much it needs our prayers right now. I think there’s a great deal of discouragement in the Church, perhaps even in the Holy Father’s heart. That discouragement does not stop us from doing the right things, but it is a heavy weight and prayer can help to lighten that burden because we carry it with Christ. We are the Body of Christ; we do have power to change things.

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