SAINTS: Martha And Mary — Sisters Of Lazarus And Intimate Friends Of Jesus, by Greg Friedman

April 10, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14; John 12:1-11 During Holy Week the liturgy begins telling the story of the passion of Jesus.  The four gospels do not offer consistent versions of Jesus’s passion and death.  They know nothing of the style of reporting found in the twenty-four-hour news cycle of today!  Instead, the gospels offer theological reflection, taking common details from the tradition and shaping them to each story’s purpose. John’s gospel suggests that one event triggering the arrest of Jesus is the raising of Lazarus.  In that story, we meet Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus, and hear them dialogue with Jesus about resurrection and life. Today’s story is a peaceful [...]

PARABLE: The Rich Man And Lazarus, by Matthew Henry

May 31, 2016

From Concise Commentary on the Bible There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,  and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool [...]

JESUS: Descent Into Hell, by Garry Wills

January 9, 2014

From What Jesus Meant Lazarus Jesus embraced his own death when he gave life to Lazarus.  When he answered the call from Lazarus’s sisters, he was going back into the killing zone, as his followers protested: “Rabbi, just now the Jews were trying to stone you, and you are returning there?” (John 11:8).  When he says he is going anyway, Thomas voices the feelings of the others: “Go we along, then, we too shall die with him.” (John 11:16).  But Jesus did not respond instantly to the request of Lazarus’s sisters.  John’s gospel shows that Jesus waits to act on the Father’s timeline for movement toward his “hour.”  Here at the end of his ministry he acts as he did at its [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fourteenth Station — Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

March 16, 2013

From The Journey to Peace Joseph of Arimathea laid Jesus’s body in a tomb hewn out of the rock, in which no one had yet been buried. That was the Day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was about to  begin.  The women who  had come with him from Galilee followed along behind.  They saw the tomb and how his body was buried.  Then they went home to prepare spices and perfumes.  They observed the Sabbath as a day of rest, in accordance with the law. (Luke 23:53-56) The Shadow of the Cross Falls Upon Our Joys and Sorrows The Gospel of Saint John (11:1-44) focuses on the theme of life and death.  Jesus learns that his beloved friend, Lazarus, is seriously ill, but he waits two days before setting out for Bethany, where Lazarus lived. [...]


April 10, 2012

I’ve always wondered about Lazarus, always wanted to, in some way, to have been there and watched, a fly on the wall, as the event unfolded.  The rush of Jesus to the scene, not understanding what he will find when he walks into that room.  His seeming disorientation when he comes out. Once I made up a supposition that it was a trick of God, well, not really a trick, but an illusion that Jesus followed to the house of Lazarus.  Lazarus wasn’t dead, just ill and needing a pick-me-up.  But he was dead.  What was God doing?  Perhaps, I supposed, he was leading Jesus there to show Jesus that he had the ability to actually bring someone back from the dead. Perhaps Jesus was being taught the mechanics of it so that he could [...]