Pastor's Note from Fr. Szparagowski 📝 - [Mar 26th Bulletin]

We give praise and thanks to God for the graces He has given us. In today’s gospel we have the shortest verse of the Bible, “and Jesus wept”. Jesus weeps at the tomb of His friend Lazarus. Jesus’ weeping expresses the suffering Jesus is experiencing at the death of His friend, and the sorrow that Martha and Mary are experiencing.

Jesus does not hold back His feelings – Wow! Jesus shows us His inner emotions! He loved Lazarus and He is experiencing real sorrow at that moment. Why does Jesus weep when He knew He was going to raise Lazarus back to life? In that moment, Jesus still grieves for Lazarus and for Martha and Mary.

I believe this shows when we grieve at the death of a loved one, Jesus is right there grieving with us. As we all have experienced the pain and heartache of the death of a loved one, it is comforting to know that Jesus is with us even if we cannot hear, feel or see Him. Jesus wants us to hold firm in our belief in Him as He asked Martha and Mary to do. For as Jesus raised Lazarus back to life, Jesus gives eternal life to us and our loved ones. It’s the Easter message!

Invite someone to Mass today.

St. Philip Neri, pray for us.

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Szparagowski

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