5th Sun Lent A
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
Aristotle pointed to a great truth when he said: “A true friend is one soul in two bodies.” With our deepest friends we somehow abide with them in love even when separated and we have an ability to inspire each other to be more than what we would be if we were alone. It is significant that this last and greatest sign of Jesus was done for friends and abounds in the marks of friendship.
Trust: The sisters trusted that Jesus would understand their implicit request. Jesus trusted that his delay would not break the friendship. The sisters trusted that even after Lazarus’ death Jesus could do something – even if it was in the ‘afterlife’.
Love: The sisters knew Jesus loved Lazarus and them. They loved each other. Their love for Jesus transcended the gender barriers of their culture.
Openness: Both sisters expressed their disappointment that Jesus had failed to come. Jesus could speak openly to Martha. Jesus prayed openly to his Father in their presence.
Belief: The marvel of the sisters’ faith is not that they fail to explicitly request the miracle of the raising but rather that their faith went so far as to allow such a request to hover on the tip of the tongue. This is what friendship does to people. It teaches them to hope, to trust, even to believe in another beyond what common sense dictates.
At the end of the Last Discourse, just before he goes to his death, Jesus calls his disciples ‘friends’. This is the relationship he desires with each of us. In his Death and Resurrection Jesus revealed his love for us through sin and death. He desires us to trust his love and be prepared to enter into the intimacy of his friendship.