In last week’s Gospel, Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, teaching and preaching along the way, as recounted in Mark’s Gospel (Mark 10:46-52)
He and his companions have walked to Jericho (about twenty miles from Jerusalem). There, he cured a blind man. And he taught us by example.
Jesus had compassion.
Jesus listened. He had compassion. And he healed.
In this week’s Gospel, commemorating the Feast of All Saints, Jesus shows us humanity again. And He shows us an even greater example of God’s power. (John 11:32-44)
He walks to comfort friends Mary and Martha after the death of their brother. He weeps over Lazarus. And, not for his sake, but for the sake of the crowd gathered there, so that they may believe, He raises Lazarus, deceased for four days, from the dead.
Faith has power. We may all be blind to some degree, and to some things. We all may be sick, in one way or another. But we can all have faith – faith in the power and the love of Jesus Christ for each and every one of us, no matter how afflicted, no matter what our blindness or sickness is. We can believe that we are loved by Jesus Christ. Jesus has time for us. He believes in us. He wants us to believe in the power of his Father.
In the words of our parish prayer, we can ask for the grace to grow in faith, hope and love.
We can learn from what Jesus teaches. And we can all be unbound and let go by the power of faith.
Walking with you in faith,
From the desk of the Rector