We all know the story of Lazarus, the good friend of Jesus. He passed away, and Jesus spoke to him at his tomb, telling him to rise from the dead.
In thinking about this story, I had the following thought: what in my life needs to die and then rise again? How can I bury some sin or some negative trait, give it up to God, and then overcome that? With God’s help, what can I leave in the tomb to remain dead in my life, and how might I rise to a better “newness?”
In this short reflection, I encourage you to prayerfully consider a negative part of your life that you would like to bury and then rise anew. I know we can easily get down on ourselves, thinking things can’t change. Not too long ago I was going through my pitty party of frustration over something I disliked about myself, resigning myself that “I’ll never change and will just have to suffer with this the rest of my life.” Unfortunately, if I stayed with this attitude I would give up hope that God can change me, and help perfect me in my journey towards heaven.
I’m not saying change is easy, because it can be very difficult. And there may be certain crosses God is asking us to carry indefinitely. However, if there are areas of your life with which you are not satisfied, pray about them and ask God to help you bury them. Some things might require spiritual guidance or professional counseling with a good Catholic counselor. But if we make an effort to bury those parts of our lives that are dead to God’s plan, or need to become dead to God’s plan, we can begin to become the people God created us to become.