Today’s Gospel reading from John 11 is probably the longest reading of the Church year outside the reading of the Passion. It is the story of Jesus raising His friend Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus was good friends with Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. The sisters sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was ill. Jesus could not go to him immediately, but went after a few days. When He arrived, He found out that Lazarus had been dead for four days. But before He went, He said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God.” While Lazarus did die, the story does not end there. Jesus raises him from the dead.
The question is often asked – why does God allow suffering? Why do good people die far too young? Why do bad things happen to good people? My answer is Jesus’ answer about Lazarus; so that God’s glory may shine through. I believe that God has a purpose for all things, even suffering and death. And if we allow God to work through these things, we can see and help to reveal to others His glory. When we more clearly see His will, God can bring good from anything, and we must give Him glory.
Father, may your glory shine through in all things, even suffering and death. May we always glorify you and show the world your goodness and your glory. Amen.