Daily Office Readings for Saturday in theWeek of the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2
“Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”’ (John 11: 13 – 16)
Finally, our Lord Jesus had to just come out and say it, “Lazarus is dead.” The disciples were looking for any reason they could find to not go into Judea, an area they considered dangerous. Jesus however would not let fear determine his footsteps. And neither should we. Moreover, his friend Lazarus needed him. We too should not look for, or accept any excuse as a way to avoid doing what is right.
Thomas shows his dedication to our Lord Jesus. “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Thomas too often gets a less than honorable reputation. He is called “Doubting Thomas.” But there is no doubt about his loyalty to our Lord Jesus. We tend to label people by the one perceived negative thing they do. But here Thomas calls on his fellow disciples to stay the course. Jesus is going in the way he came to go. When things do go bad for our Lord Jesus we will see that Thomas will not be behind a locked door in fear with the other ten disciples. It will be a week later that he hears of our Lord Jesus rising from the grave. Thomas was a fearless Christian as we all should be. Thomas was out in the midst of people going on with his life.
Loyalty to friends is demonstrated here as Jesus goes to raise Lazarus from the dead and Thomas is standing by Jesus even onto their own possible death. Friends are often our “chosen” family. We are born to some, we choose some. My dad used to say to me that I am the company I keep. He probably heard from somewhere else but it rings so true. Just as we need our friends when we are in trouble, so too, our friends need us when they are in trouble. Friendship, like family, is priceless.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John