Also today, crammed in before the coffins awaiting burial stores, It seems to hear again the lament Marta: "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died "

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ALSO TODAY, WITH BARE crammed STORES IN WAITING FOR BURIAL, It SEEMS TO HEAR AGAIN LAMENTO MARTA: "LORD, STATE IF YOU WERE HERE, MY BROTHER IS NOT DEAD!»

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Where is God? It is also useless to think of an answer that is based solely on the reasonableness or that such difficulties with the rational theology, in order to familiarize us with a reality like death which is so natural but never totally accepted. Nand time of the loss of a loved one, the reason is fragile.

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Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

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S. AND: Mons. Pierantonio Tremolada, Bishop of Brescia, blesses the coffin of the deceased for coronavirus awaiting burial

"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!» [GV 11,21], These are the words of Martha in today's Gospel that might arouse in the heart of the biggest question but also the most uncomfortable: Where is God in front of the man's death? In the current health situation that has seen many people die because of the Coronavirus, this question is likely to steal hope from the hearts of many ordinary Christians. Against, It can be used as a weapon to justify the old argument that God does not exist, or - if it exists - is inconsistent and unnecessary [see Liturgy of the Word of this Fifth Sunday of Lent, WHO].

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Where is God? How many times I have been asked this question during the years of my ministry as chaplain at a large hospital. What sensible answer can be formulated before the death of those we love? Perhaps no, He was always terribly unprepared to death.

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Where is God? It is also useless to think of an answer that is based solely on the reasonableness or that such difficulties with the rational theology, in order to familiarize us with a reality like death which is so natural but never totally accepted. Nand time of the loss of a loved one, the reason is fragile. That same reason is seduced and bend in every direction - as argued by the philosopher Pascal [cf. B. Pascal, Thoughts, by P. Serini, Einaudi, Turin, 1967, pp. 39-41] - is likely to be a poor companion at the tomb.

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Today we live in a liquid society, It has lost any safe and objective reference, where everything is equivalent to its opposite, and where man is unable to cope with the loss, as subservient to the many prophets who love bragging granted, apparent normality and deceptive freedom. In the current pandemic status we are made aware of the real value of our existence, which it appears in all its fragility: «Memento, man, were taken;, will return to dust» i.e. «Remember, man, dust you are and to dust you shall return ". Here then is the fifth Sunday of Lent, we are brought back to Ash Wednesday: we are dust is true ... but beloved dust from God. And the figure of Lazarus is typological, is that the whole man in his dust, in the act of invoking mercy from his God: "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hears my voice " [cf. Will 129]. This poor man cried out for help-Lazarus in its fragility, He extends his hands to the God concealed hidden - that only through the work of Jesus Christ can be recognized: "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him " [cf. Mt., 11, 27].

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Strange, but let's see how those words come true of Psalm 49: "The man in prosperity does not include, It is like the beasts that perish "; right in the moment of trial we wake up from the state of sleep in which we are immersed, and - perhaps out of fear, perhaps out of necessity or just common sense - we return to wisdom, we remember that there is a Lord who has conquered death, and to Him we turn in the words of Martha: «[Lord] I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you " [cf. GV 11, 22]. I will not conceal that I was pleasantly impressed by the initiative of many mayors of Italy, in this pandemic, symbolically they handed over the keys of their city to the Lord through recourse to the intercession of Mary Most Holy [cf. audio-video of our brother John Zanchi, WHO].

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In times of trial God will not forget us, silent, discreet but highly participatory to our pain. He pays even those tears of mercy as he did at the tomb of Lazarus. And by the mercy of Christ tears, Power comes with the invitation to contemplate the glory of God: «Lazarus, come outside!» [cf. GV 11,43], the dead body is raised again, grace wins on misfortune, Life trumps death.

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The call to the life of Lazarus It is the latest sign, before the great sign of Christ's Passover. Last Sunday, our eyes were opened, Today we are brought back to life, this is not to be prey to a virus but to be witnesses of the final glory of God in Christ conquers death. Easter is not the sign of God's hidden face of death, but it is the annihilation sign of death before God.

Where is God? He is alive! And we believe in this.

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Laconi, 29 March 2020

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