"Sent to Be Present" John 11:1-44 (The Extraordinary/Ordinary)

In a fast-paced, hyper-technological world, our lives spin ever faster. And amidst that culture, the church is in danger of losing one of its greatest gifts: the ministry of presence. The great writers of our faith talk endlessly about the rare ability to bring the best of who you are, offering oneself fully through attentive availability. Though often overlooked, one's ministry of presence hits at the heart of our common humanity. This week, we will explore Jesus' ministry of presence through his interaction with Mary and Martha around the death of their beloved brother, Lazarus. Not only has He saved us from our sins, but Jesus invites us to follow in His ways. This involves a beautiful balance of being present to the Father in such a way that allows us to be fully present to others.