Dinner with a Friend


Just before Jesus enters Jerusalem for the last time, he stops and has a meal with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. (John 12:1-11)

As Jesus is heading to his own death, He has dinner with the man He raised from the dead.

Wouldn't you love to be a part of that conversation? What was on Jesus mind?

"How was it? I'm only going to be there three days - anything I shouldn't miss? Want me to get something for you? Should I say hello to anyone?"

What about Lazarus? How do you live with this new life you have been given? He apparently was the talk of the town, because the chief priests were looking to kill him, too. His life was helping many people to believe in Jesus, and that was too much.

Unfortunately, the Bible doesn't really tell us these things. We just hear about Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with oil and wiping them off with her hair. Jesus has an intense history with this family, and comes to them before He starts the final stage of His journey on earth.

One of the things I love about this Holy Week are the glimpses into our own needs as human beings we get from Jesus' actions. We need friends, we need family, we need somewhere to rest and gather strength as we prepare to enter into a difficult situation. We need each other to help carry our crosses. We need time in prayer to come to God with the good and the bad.

Most of all, we need the Cross to bring us to the point of Resurrection.

Holy Week has begun. Are you ready?

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

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