“But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’” vs. 37
The mourners at the home of Martha and Mary were aware of Jesus’ reputation as a healer. They’d heard the stories of miraculous cures and they wonder aloud why Jesus hadn’t made more of an effort to help his friend, Lazarus. Their question is a good one. In fact, it’s one that many of us ask when our prayers for healing seem to go unheard. We earnestly plead with God for intervention on behalf of suffering friends and family members, and are perplexed when the illness progresses and death comes. Sometimes we can even begin to doubt that prayer does any good at all. There’s really not a good answer for our wonderment. Most explanations fall short of satisfaction and we’re left to live with our questions. But what’s truly amazing is that most of us don’t stop praying! Our love won’t let us! Because we care so much we keep on asking God to bring healing and restore life. It’s what we do as followers of Jesus. We know that he wept with Mary and her friends…and he weeps with us. Our prayers do not go unheard! Granted, we won’t always get the miracles we’d like, but we should never imagine that our compassionate Lord has abandoned us. In our suffering we will receive comfort. Questions may not be answered but tears are wiped away and joy restored.
Thought for the Day: Why doesn’t Jesus heal everyone?