Eugene O'Neill, in his play Lazarus Laughed, has created a life for Lazarus after his resurrection. According to O'Neill, Lazarus traveled throughout the world preaching the Gospel. In Rome Lazarus was arrested for being a Christian. He was tried, found guilty and sentenced to die. But this does not trouble Lazarus. Seeing that Lazarus does not fear death, some of the Romans say to him, "Are you not afraid?" "No," replies Lazarus, "for I know what is beyond the grave." "Tell us," say the Romans. "What is beyond the grave?" To this Lazarus replies, "Life! Eternity! Heaven!
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.