25 Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 Martha said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.

30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.

This is the heart of what is going on in the story of Lazarus, perhaps indeed the story of the entire bible. The narrative exists to communicate the conviction that, there is a dimension present in the temporal material realm that is not confined to time and space.

Jesus calls it “the resurrection and the life”. This vertical mysterious hidden axis that transcends the horizontal plane was embodied in the person of Jesus. It exists beyond physical death, but also manifests on the horizontal plane.

The existence of this other dimension cannot be proven by any of the usual tools we use to navigate day to day life. There is no way to rationally demonstrate this numinous quality. There are no tests that can verify it in the realm of the senses.

This dimension that exists beyond physical death can only be intuited by those who choose to step out in faith and trust those small stirrings that touch most of us at moments of great beauty, profound tragedy, mystery, wonder and awe. No one can be talked into this conviction. It is something we choose to open our hearts to, or we do not. We all make this personal decision at some point in our lives under a variety of influences. Our consciousness of this reality grows if we join ourselves with others who share this gamble on the deep nature of life.

As soon as soon as Martha has said, “Yes” to Jesus’s call for faith,

she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”

 We can point others to the subtle deep call of life. But, everyone must respond for themselves. We either open as Martha and Mary do here, or we close our hearts for whatever reasons, as we have seen the religious leaders doing in their response to Jesus.

What is my community of support that encourages me to continue opening to the depth dimension of life?