There is a unique element to Sunday's Gospel that is often overlooked and overshadowed by the miracle of Lazarus. Understandably, we are in awe of what Jesus has done, raising the dead, that we forget to look at the details of this particular event.
Jesus loved Lazarus. He cried for the loss of his friend and made an effort to comfort the sisters. The story of Lazarus is an account of Jesus' humanity. One of the great mysteries of our faith, that Jesus was fully human and fully divine, overwhelms even the most faithful at a times. "But how...?" We ask, trying to understand. It isn't for us to understand, to know as God knows. But we can take comfort in the humanity that is shared with us when Jesus loses his friend.
What does that mean for us?
As Christians, it is reassurance that Jesus was indeed human and He understands our frailty, our emotions, and our struggles. We can take comfort in a merciful God and a sympathetic friend. Jesus wore the shell of humanity so that we would have someone to relate to, to better understand. Which means our failures and our successes are even more understood and shared in than we realize.
Pray with confidence that Jesus understands even your smallest struggles. Take comfort in knowing He has a compassion for you, because he too, was human. We can fast from many things; pick something that is of this world today. Remind yourself that you are more than a physical being. Like Jesus, we are spiritual beings with another home to look forward to. Today, give Jesus your friendship in faith. Ask Him to spend time with you, walk with you, be with you as any best friend would do.
Pray with confidence, fast with knowledge, give your friendship.