Lazarus is one my two favorite stories from the Gospels. This story is the first scripture I deliberately memorized. The first time I read the Raising of Lazarus it was as if I was reading the story of my life.
Time and time again I have found myself dead, bound, rotting and in a tomb behind a stone that I couldn't move even if I tried. Sometimes I didn't even realize it until I have one of those moments that we all have from time to time. One of those moments where in the darkness of our distance from the Lord we hear him weeping and all of a sudden we see our wretched state. We know where we are and we hope and pray that God will role away this stone, unbind us and restore us to the life of relationship with Him.
We all find ourselves in the tomb from time to time. It could be from sin, it could be from indifference, doubt or any manner of darkness. You will find yourself in that tomb and you will see the stone roll away. My prayer is that when the Lord says, "Come forth!" you will rise and come out and embrace the wonderful life our Lord has called you to.
I am the resurrection and the life...
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.