"I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die."
These words, Jesus said to Martha.
After the death of her brother Lazarus, Martha spoke in sorrow to Jesus -"if you had been here my brother would not have died." She was really convinced of the miraculous powers of Jesus, but she also believed that Jesus could do a spectacular revival of her brother. Martha said, " I know that he will rise again after the Resurrection on the last day."
These beautiful words are very often the theme of a funeral liturgy. For everyone of us who have been touched by the death of their loved ones these words become hope and encouragement. Although it does not always give us immediate improvement of our sorrow, later it becomes a source of optimism.
We are people of faith. We have an awareness that everything will pass. St. Paul says this beautifully -"but you are not in the flesh; you are in the spirit, since the spirit of God dwells in you." For St. Paul, it was obvious, but for us it is not. The statement that believers are men of spirit does not mean for us resignation of material things. This is not true the meaning is a hierarchy of values.
The second problem is that, it is difficult for us to believe in our Resurrection. It is a reality that we cannot imagine and we also question. Can I, a sinner, can I reach this reality? If we ask the question it is good. However, the question should encourage us to concrete action. When Jesus is approaching the tomb of His friend Lazarus, He hears the words "do not go there it already stinks", but He is not worried about this. He goes to His friend inspired by love to give him new life.
It is similar in our relationship with others when love or friendship is dying We need to open the tomb when this love or friendship is becoming decomposed and bring it back to life.
First, we must be convinced how this "dead love" seems to "smell", and decide whether to leave it like that or to start anew.
This is exactly the period when the Holy Spirit is pushing us to make concrete decisions.
In our spiritual life, it depends on us if we stay in our tomb with a bad "smell" or if we decide to try to use the power of the Holy Spirit. We must always be open to this spirit.
St. Augustine says this beautifully, "God created us without our help, but He cannot save us without OUR help".