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All of us have read recent accounts about the decline of interest in religions among Americans. Statistics indicate that 85% of churches are in decline and 20% of Americans have no religious affiliation at all. These are very sad statistics, wouldn't you agree? Perhaps we should ask ourselves.... why do we still practice our faith? Why do we still pray? Well, the motives are varied. Some are seeking God's help. There is no question that more Americans are praying today than ever before in the face of this Covid-19 pandemic. Some are seeking God's forgiveness. Others are praying out of love of God and thankfulness for all that He has done for them. Whatever the motive, one thing is for sure, all of us are looking forward to everlasting life with Him in heaven. And, this is the main message of our Gospel today. Today's gospel story shows us two very important sides of our Lord. First of all, it gives us an insight into the humanity of Jesus. It is important to remember that Jesus loved, cried and suffered just as we do in our daily lives. And because he was truly human we can relate to him and he can relate to us. He knows how we feel when we suffer and cry. And he will comfort and strengthen us in those moments. But today's gospel shows us something else as well. It shows his divinity. He is the Son of God. He raised Lazarus from the dead! Jesus made a remarkable promise to each of us in this gospel reading. He said: “Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” In other words, Jesus will do for us, something even greater than he did for Lazarus. Jesus' gift to us is a permanent gift of eternal life.