This Sunday we commemorate Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany, sisters and brothers who were friends of Jesus. They offered him and other disciples hospitality in their home outside Jerusalem. Jesus grieved at Lazarus' death, and opened his tomb that he might rejoin the living, and as a sign of the resurrection to come. This picture imagines them reunited after Lazarus has been restored to life.
Their story cannot be that strange to us. All too often, those who are close leave us. They (or we) move away or fall apart. Eventually death takes everyone away. Jesus knows this, and invites us to something more than this ordinary reality. In his fellowship, he challenges us to make the most of our time together, to radically share our lives with one another. And then to trust that God will knit together all the unraveled threads in our life, even beyond the end of time.
This Sunday, we gather together to share the Lord's blessings, including each other, with Rev. Lou Dunkle preaching and presiding at the communion table.
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City