Sometimes we struggle with the concept of ‘belief’. Yet everything we do from the moment we get up to the moment we die is governed by what we believe about the world we inhabit. The stories we are told by the society in which we live have the power to control our concept of reality, and hence the entire direction of our lives, simply because we ‘believe’ them.
So when Jesus says to Martha, ‘do you believe?’, he is challenging the story by which she lives, the story that defines her understanding of what is real. ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Do you believe me?’ And then the Spirit blows, and breath comes to the dry bones. Our reality cracks, splits, shatters, and Life flows in. So the soil that we are learns how to Breathe once again.
The Bewcastle Benefice sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Lent can be found here.