In both the Old Testament and New Testament readings for this Sunday, we hear two stories of people being raised from the dead. But the stories are very different from each other – in the former, Elijah frustratedly cajoles God into raising the boy, while in the latter story, Jesus walks up boldly and performs an extraordinary miracle without being asked for anything. Can we put ourselves into this story and identify with each of the characters? When we do, we come to the question: What in us is dying or is dead? Are we ready for God to bring this faded hope, holy ambition, and passion in the belly to life again?