Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise.’ Martha said to him, ‘I I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day’ Jesus told her,
‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and in me will never die.’
I think that in many ways, the above statement by Jesus is among the most powerful in Saint John’s Gospel. It is indeed, the “Good News” that a suffering, weary world is waiting for, yearning for.
I feel, however, that these words give more than hope for eternal life, after death. For those of us weighed down by the life’s heavy burdens; we will rise! For those of us threatened by persecution and discrimination; we will rise! For those of us who are in depression and despair; we will rise! By the love and power of Christ; we will rise!