The following reflection is by Triona Doherty
Little miracles happen all the time. Those magical words 'It's a miracle' can be exclaimed at anything from a friend showing up on time, to a loved one getting the all clear from an illness; from an out of the ordinary happy event, to something which cannot be explained by logic or science.
We often pray for miracles. Sometimes we pray for a specific thing - for a sick person to get better, for example. One prayer to St Anthony acknowledges: 'The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles.' Other times we try to surrender our needs and worries to the will of God - every time we pray the Our Father we say 'Thy will be done'.
We know what it is like to hope for a miracle. So we understand the worry of Mary and Martha in tomorrows Gospel when they send for Jesus with the message that Lazarus is ill. We feel the pain in their accusation after Jesus arrives: 'If you had been here, my brother would not have died'. The Gospel tomorrow recounts a big miracle, and it tells us that everything is possible to God. It calls us to a deeper faith, both in what God can do for us, and in his promise of eternal life. The name Lazarus comes from the Hebrew El'azar, meaning 'God has helped'. If we are in need, we can turn to God with the words we have in the psalm tomorrow:
'Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.'