I Am the Resurrection and the Life. Do You Believe That?

In today’s gospel story, Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. Since he had been buried in the tomb for four days, there was no question in everyone’s mind that he was really dead. “Irrevocably dead” as one commentator put it. When Jesus asked the dead man’s sister if she believed that Jesus could raise him from the dead, she responded, “We know you can do it, not we believe.”  There is a huge difference between knowing that Jesus can do something and believing it. God invites us to bring what little faith we have and believe that God can do the impossible with it.