Weeping at the Feet of Jesus –
Christians around the world will celebrate the Lenten Season next week with Ash Wednesday. One of the most touching stories in the Passion of Jesus is his interaction with Martha and Mary before and after the death of their brother, Lazarus. Mary falls at the feet of Jesus, weeping. The weeping of Mary touches the heart of Jesus and he begins to weep. In thinking about the weeping of Mary, there are at least three things that are happening:
- Mary is sad
- Mary is mad
- Mary is glad
Mary is sad that her brother, Lazarus has died. If you love a person, death almost always has a sad element. Sadness does not mean that weeping is a requirement, but the heart is heavy with emotions, memories, and reflection.
Mary is mad that Jesus did not arrive sooner. She and her sister, Martha tell Jesus that if he had been present, their brother would not have died. The anger of Mary is a tacit acknowledgement of faith in Jesus. Mary and Martha believed that Jesus could have prevented his death. Mary is angry that Jesus did not arrive sooner.
Mary weeps because she is also glad. She is glad that Jesus finally arrived. She is glad, that even in death, with the arrival of Jesus, Lazarus has an opportunity to live. Mary is also glad because she loves Jesus and is glad to be in his presence. The weeping of Mary moves Jesus. He is touched by her compassion, touched by her faith, and touched by her love.
As you consider the image of Mary, weeping at the feet of Jesus, I invite you to ponder your personal faith in the Lord. Do you love the Lord enough to weep at his feet? Do you trust the Lord, enough to believe that not even death could hold him back? Do you love the Lord enough to believe in him to turn back the hands of time and restore your health or the health of someone you love? How strong is your faith in the Lord?
John 11: 32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died
Questions for Reflection:
- What is your image of Mary weeping at the feet of Jesus?
- What does the weeping and words of Mary tell you about her faith in Jesus?
- How are Mary and Martha similar and different in their faith in Jesus?
Prayer: Lord, increase my faith. In my sorrow, show me joy. In my anger, allow me to forgive, even as I am forgiven. In my joy, release my pain. Lord, I put my faith in you. Save me from death and grant me peace and happiness in this life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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