Lord of life and hope, today’s Gospel tells us of sorrow that turns to joy, of death that leads to life. As we continue our journey through Lent, we look towards Good Friday, but also to Easter Sunday. We remember the pain which Jesus, Martha and Mary experienced and their happiness when Lazarus returned to them.
We are challenged to open our hearts to people who search for hope. May we follow his example in working to bring light into the darkness of their lives.
Our planet is suffering through the actions of those who have not cherished its loveliness and importance. May we work together to restore the damage of climate change so that we and others might celebrate the wonders of God’s creation.
Across the world, men women and children are preparing to receive the sacraments for the first time at the Easter vigil. May their parishes be places of welcome, inspiration and support on their shared journey of faith.
Just like Jesus, Martha and Mary, many people are experiencing the pain of bereavement. In their tears, may they find comfort and hope. May they feel very close to the one who has died but who is now enjoying the fullness of everlasting life.
To people who live in the conflict areas of the world, every day is a Good Friday because of the violence and hardship which surround them. May they find peace and security as they try to rebuild their lives.
In their grief, Martha and Mary also experienced the compassionate love of their family and friends. In good times and in bad, may we also know the special togetherness of those whom we love.
Loving God, be with us in everything that we say, think and do. Be our life and our hope. Amen.