Posted by: fvbcdm | February 20, 2012

Feast of Saint Leo of Catania (20 Feb 2012)

In just a few hours from now, we will come to the end of the first Ordinary Time of this year and will begin the Holy Season of Lent.  And, as we know, Lent will reach its climax in the passion and death of Our Lord on the cross and then his resurrection from the tomb.


In the life of Jesus, we know that very shortly before his sufferings and death, he raised his friend Lazarus from the tomb.  In fact, his raising of Lazarus was one of the main reasons why his enemies decided that it was IMPERATIVE that Jesus be killed because he had worked this stupendous miracle right under their noses— within a few miles from the city of Jerusalem, the temple, and the place where the Sanhedrin—the high court of the priests and scribes regularly met.  They simply could not tolerate these manifestations of his divine power in the very heart of their nation and their religious structure.


There is a great difference between the resurrection of Lazarus and that of Jesus.  Lazarus came out of the tomb after four days of death, but would die again.  Jesus came out of the tomb after forty hours of death, never to die again.  I doubt very much that we will die the kind of death that Lazarus died just before Jesus called him out of the tomb.  There doesn’t seem to be any reason for that.  But I certainly hope that after our death, at the end of time, we will come forth from the tomb as Jesus did, never to die again.  And how will that occur?  What force will bring us back to life?  Our Lord tells Saint Martha very clearly at the time of her brother Lazarus’s death: I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.  Let us believe firmly in Our Divine Lord; let us base our entire lives on his teachings. Then, one of these days, we will die. That is, body and soul will separate.  The body will decompose, but the soul will remain alive, and then at the end of time, a new body will be fitted to the soul and we will live again as we were intended to: a composite of body and soul. Let us think of these divinely revealed truths especially throughout this holy season of Lent. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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