Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130; Rom 8:8-11;Jn 11:3-7.17.20-27. 33-45
THE LAZARUS EXPERIENCE: LOVED UNTO RE-AWAKENING, UNTO REALITY
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
is a revealing nursery dialogue between a new toy rabbit and an old skin horse.
For a long time the toy rabbit lived in the toy cupboard or on the nursery floor, and no one thought very much about him.
He was naturally shy, and being only made of velveteen, some of the more expensive toys made fun of him. The mechanical toys like the model train, were very stuck-up and boasted that they were real.
The Rabbit could not claim to be a model of anything, for he didn’t know that real rabbits existed; he thought they were all stuffed with sawdust like himself, and he understood that sawdust was quite out-of-date.
Between them all, the poor little Rabbit was made to feel himself very insignificant and commonplace and the only person who was kind to him at all was the Skin Horse.
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL. Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are REAL you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” the Rabbit asked, “or bit by bit?“
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all because once you are Real you can not be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
“I suppose you are real?” said the Rabbit.“The Boy’s Uncle made me Real,” he said. “That was a great many years ago.”
“But once you are Real you can not become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
- Is being truly loved and transformed by it from “something” into “Someone”.
Only true love can re-awaken the “dead” to “life”.
- Is allowing yourself to be genuinely loved!
But you have to become a lovable person yourself!
- Is not making a lot of noise.
The most real persons are often the quietest ones, because they are the ones who are most loved.
“Noisy” people can’t listen clearly to the voice of re-awakening love!
- Is listening patiently in spite of…
Listening is the first and last condition Re-awakening Love.
- Is being humble – the door to humanization.
Un-real people are usually those who are “always in charge of things.” They associate “being” with “doing”.
- Is not necessarily “doing” or “accomplishing”
- Is first, simply, being. It is Presence.
WHO CAN NOT BE REAL?
The overly-sensitive people: will never last long enough in a relationship to be loved.
The sharp-edged people: the critical people, the cynical (bitter and scornful ) ones, the ones who are always complaining.
The “handle-with-care” people: the spoiled are not going to become real, because it is awfully hard to love someone who always has to have his / her own way.
Jesus loved Lazarus unto his re-awakening. Jesus’ love made him real.
Only True Genuine Love has the Power to Re-Awaken the Beloved into a new way of looking at and living LIFE.
Re-awakened by the Real Love of God , WE ought to LOVE everyone until each of us becomes REAL!
Are you REAL? Please, remember to say “I LOVE YOU” and “I THANK YOU” to the people who make you real…who love you unconditionally unto your re-awakenings!