1 Samuel 22-24; John 11

John 11:5-6 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.

If you were hearing this citation from John for the first time, you would expect verse 6 to be something like “So when he heard that he was ill, he rushed to Bethany with all possible haste.”  If your close relatives found out you were on your death bed, you would not expect to hear “They love you so very much, so they are staying at Myrtle Beach through the weekend.”  Of course what is happening here is Jesus loved them so much that he was taking this special opportunity to reveal God’s glory to them in a spectacular way.  So it is with us in this life.  We suffer and we say “Lord if you had been here my beloved would not have died” or “Lord, if you were with me, I would have not got cancer” or “Lord, if you had been there all those innocent people would not have died.”  He is always there, and he always loves us with an unquenchable burning love, the love of his Sacred Heart.  But that is the great conundrum of such Love, that it is never coerced, that its foundation is a respect for the freedom of the object of Love.

GOD’S ANSWER: And as My Son prayed and proclaimed, know that when you pray I always hear you.

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