Aren’t We All Lazarus? {Vanier Quotable}

Aren’t we all Lazarus?

Are there not parts in each one of us that are dead, caught up in a culture of death?

All that is dead in us, more or less hidden in our unconscious self, in the shadow areas or the “tomb” of our being, provokes a kind of death around us. We judge and condemn and push people down, wanting to show that we are better than they. We refuse to listen to those who are different and so we hurt them. All these destructive acts have their origin in all that is dead within us, all that creates a stench in the hidden parts of our being, which we do not want to look at or admit.

Jesus wants us to rise up and to become fully alive. He calls us out of the tomb we carry within us, just as God called Ezekiel to raise up from the dead all those people of Israel who were lying in the tomb of despair:

“Thus says the Lord God, ‘I am going to open your tombs and raise you up from your tombs, O my people…I will put my spirit in you and you shall live'” Ezekiel 37:12, 14.

(Excerpt from Jean Vanier’s Drawn Into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John)

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