Sunday, April 2, 2017
5th Sunday of Lent
This is a long Gospel again this Sunday. Mary and Martha send word to Jesus that their brother is seriously ill. Jesus waits two days before going to His friends. He must have prayed about what He was to do. Jesus could do anything, but He actually worked few miracles and I think He always consulted with the Father before acting. Here he wanted to be with Mary and Martha but it seemed good for the glory of His Father to wait.
I suspect that Martha and Mary could not understand why Jesus did not come at once. They were upset, maybe angry, but above all, in deep grief as their brother died and was buried before Jesus came.
Yet, we now have a Gospel that helps us to believe in the resurrection. Jesus can raise the dead and He does.