Tears at the tomb
In the days before his own death, Jesus stood before the tomb of his friend, Lazarus whose sisters were beyond themselves with grief, and who had wished that Jesus had been there during his illness – surely then he would have been saved. Jesus weeps.
Perhaps now, as the rolled stone seals the tomb of Jesus, they recalled his grief and tears, and now beyond themselves with grief, they weep too. They had discovered him to be their teacher, their Master, and Lord, and on the night of his arrest, as they sat at table for Passover, he called them closer, called them friends.
They are not waiting for anything to happen, they let grief take its course. They have made no sense of the prophecy of Jesus. For them, there is no joy to come. And so they return to that upper room, lock themselves in, hide away from the world. Their only comfort is a shared sorrow. But the power of God’s love cannot be confined or locked away. ‘Unless a what grain dies and falls to the earth,’ said Jesus, ‘it cannot bear fruit.’ As Jesus’ body lies in the earth, so God is doing something new.
God our Father, I believe that Christ your Son died and rose again. Help me to be alert to your signs of new life in the world and in my own life, that having died with Christ we may also share his risen life. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.