by Sr. Theresa Maly, ND
Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus, knowing that if he came, he would heal their dying brother. How profoundly disappointed and distraught they were as they ended up laying their brother in his grave. With grieving hearts, they welcomed Jesus three days later. “Too late,” suspects Martha, but we know the events at the tomb and Jesus’s final words to the bystanders “Unbind him and let him go.” Lazarus lives again!
How easy it is to be bound by fears, disappointments, frustrations, regrets, failures! How easy to forget the power of God’s grace setting us free and offering New Life. Is this not the mission in which we are called to share? It is in this freedom and trust that our mission thrives; that we can approach others bound in similar ways. A simple word, a smile, a prayer, a loving act of kindness, can bring a spark of new life. We know! We have experienced it ourselves.
Throughout our world, are millions of people bound by poverty, prejudice, war, violence, abuse - those being targeted because of their religion, sexual orientation, color of their skin, ethnicity. Many of these bonds are so systemic, that we can allow them to become the norm. That is just the way it is! Right? No! It is never too late, or too impossible, as Martha suspected. With the Spirit of Jesus active among us, we, as prayerful, believing, hopeful communities of compassion and action continue the mission. Unbind them; free them; bit by bit. Let them live again!