Death is a universal problem. It’s also a multifaceted problem. It’s not just physical death (our own or loved ones) that troubles us so much. It’s the knowledge that life itself is filled with things that end, and we can never get them back. The irretrievability of life is part of our problem with death. In this story, Jesus steps into the devastation of two sisters following the death of their brother and offers them a hope and a presence that transforms their lives, and can transform ours as well.