Sunday, April 6, 2014

Chrissy, Come Out !!!

BEADS OF JOY 04-06-14
“Chrissy, Come Out !!!”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today's Gospel: John 11:1-45 (The Rising of Lazarus) Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go into Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if any one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover." Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him. “Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world." When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying quietly, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled; and he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out." The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him;”
 My Friends,
Anxious and waiting Martha and Mary could not understand the delay in Jesus’ arrival. We don’t exactly know what illness Lazarus had; but it would be fair to say that it must have been pretty serious for them to call Jesus, the only who could heal him, to be there for Lazarus. Maybe it was life threatening cancer like Chrissy had. But Jesus upon hearing of this, delayed His return. With full knowledge of Lazarus’ death, before His return and even after His return to Bethany; Jesus was “deeply moved in Spirit and troubled” and it was at this point that we read the shortest yet most moving verse in the bible, “Jesus wept.”
We may never fully understand all things spiritually, that’s true. But in today’s gospel in verses 14-15 Jesus said, “Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” This incredible event was serving a purpose for the Will of God. Sometimes unfortunately many won’t believe unless they see. How blessed are we who believe and need no proof to see.
It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is alive in me. It is the Holy Spirit within me that transforms me, enlightens me, guides me and shows me the way to Jesus. We have been given a most precious gift. In this gift of the Holy Spirit we sometimes are directed to Jesus in ways we don’t fully understand, but that’s ok. Our Faith, Hope and Love, most especially in today’s Glorious Mysteries always strengthen us and lead us home, back into the arms of our loving Father.
We must trust that whenever our Lord arrives to save us, to heal us, to help us… It is in the appointed time that He so wanted to, and in the end it was all for His Glory in His Will. Our faith must remain true, even if we don’t see things happen when we want them to. It would have been wonderful if our Lord would have healed Chrissy early on in May of 2010… Yes that is what we were hoping for and praying for and begging for our Lord to arrive for us. But Jesus had other plans, so through time, with a tremendous amount of patience and lots of tears in December of 2013 Chrissy’s life threatening cancer was stopped -dead in its tracks. Why exactly? One may never know. But what we do know is that because of this, many more believe and many more see how our families faith, our families patience and our families trust in Jesus; made our family stronger believing and trusting even when we didn’t understand.. This is the current Chrissy update…
CHRISSY UPDATE: The overall mass of the cancer is now shrinking without medication, without chemo, without anything that will assist in hurting or killing Chrissy. Rather than suffering Chrissy is now healing in ways only by the hand of God could she make such an incredible recovery... This is why I call today’s blog, “Chrissy, Come Out”.. Like Lazarus Chrissy had to go beyond the entry to the cave for so many more to believe.

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