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Faith and Family: The Raising of Lazarus

Mar 25, 2020
Faith and Family for March 29: The Raising of Lazarus


JN 11:1-45

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.

So the sisters sent word to him saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.



by Father Greg Friedman, OFM

Some years ago in a homily, I told of standing at the bedside of a priest-friend who was dying, and wrestling with one of the questions that naturally arise at such a moment: What really awaits us after death? One of my parishioners wondered if I doubted the resurrection of the body. I reassured him that I did believe in life after death, but was simply being honest about what I felt as my friend was dying.

Today's Gospel of the raising of Lazarus is the last of the three stories we use to prepare candidates for Baptism at Easter and it's the most dramatic. Jesus calls Lazarus forth from the tomb, still tightly wrapped in his burial bands. "Untie him," Jesus commands, "and let him go free."

We speak of "being buried" in the waters of Baptism. Scripture scholar Raymond Brown suggests that Lazarus represents the ultimate challenge for those who are baptized in Christ: the encounter with death itself.

As I stood at the bedside of my dying colleague, I saw a look of peace on his face. Though he could not speak, he was testifying that he had faced the test and was ready to meet the Lord. May each of us hear the voice of Jesus in our final moments of life, inviting us to come forth and be set free.



by Father Dan Kroger, OFM

In the first reading (Ez 37:12-14), through Ezekiel God tells the people:  “I will open your graves and have you rise from them.” Is God talking about actual death or about spiritual death? What is the difference?

What is God’s promise to the people?

In this week's second reading (Rom 8:8-11), St. Paul contrasts living in the flesh to living in the spirit? What is the difference?

What is Paul teaching to the people reading this letter (including us)?

In the Gospel, we hear about Jesus’ friend Lazarus, who was very sick. What did his sisters Martha and Mary do?

By the time Jesus gets there, Lazarus is already dead. Jesus tells Martha that he is the resurrection and the life and that everyone who believes in him will never die. The question for us is:  Do we believe in Jesus?

Why did Jesus weep? How have you felt when you learned someone in your family had died?

The Gospel then tells us about what Jesus did in bringing Lazarus back to life. How would you feel if Lazarus was your brother and Jesus raised him from death?


by Susan Hines-Brigger

This week's Gospel seems very timely given what we are going through with the coronavirus pandemic. Pray for an end to this pandemic. You can find prayers specific to the current situation on the Vatican website as well as the US bishops' site

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Submitted by Jeremie Daniel… (not verified) on Sat, 03/27/2021 - 09:54 AM


There is not enoug possibility to learn from the Text not only from Reading.

Submitted by John P (not verified) on Sat, 03/27/2021 - 10:44 AM


Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice, and they know Him.......He is calling to you now. Read His letters, that are the last Words to your dying planet, and you will know that it is He.......KeyTruthsMinistries.com All Catholics will see this Truth in the near future and they will believe, as The Lord turns the hearts of the people back to him during the Calamity and the Time of Tribulation.

Submitted by S. BIELAWSKI (not verified) on Sat, 03/27/2021 - 12:43 PM


When my Dad was dying (Dad was always a DYI, Mr. Fixit guy), he looked up and said, "I'm going up!" A few seconds later Dad said, "I wonder how they do this." Then he lapsed back into a coma. To me, this is personal testimony of an afterlife and heaven itself.

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