A family friend called this morning and told me that her sister suggested she listen to the homily from her parish. Our friend listened to it and thought I would really enjoy it as well, so she told me how to find it. My parents and I sat down this evening and listened to it. The Mass was from this past Sunday about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. He talked about how Jesus wept with the people who were mourning and that God weeps with us even now. God is with us in all our turmoil. He said as we approach Holy Week, we may feel that we are living in the “Friday” as when Jesus was crucified and died. But we need to remember that Sunday – the day of Resurrection – is still coming. Jesus raised people from the dead in the Gospels and continues to do so even now. At one point he paraphrased a reflection he had seen regarding Nagasaki:
“I said, “God, I hurt.” And God said, “I know”. I said, “God I cry a lot.” And God said, “That’s why I gave you tears.” I said, “God I’m so depressed.” And God said, “That’s why I gave you the flowers.” I said, “God, I’m so lonely.” And God said, “That’s why I gave you family.” I said, “God, but my family died.” And God said, “So did mine. I saw mine nailed on a cross.” I said, “But God, your family lives.” And God said, “So does yours. Mine is on my right and yours is in the light.” I said, “God, I hurt. And God said, “I know.”
The priest reminded us that whatever hurts us, God it with us. When we hurt, God hurts with us.
I Found God today in a beautiful reminder that God is still with us.