Sermon Introduction –
In the Gospel of John, Jesus learns that his friend Lazarus has died. Even though Jesus knows that he will bring him back to life, Jesus still cries with the family. Why did Jesus weep? And what does that teach us about God?
Introduction to this week’s readings –
In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life. At the Easter Vigil we will welcome the newly baptized as we remember God’s unfailing promise in our baptism.