A Contemplation on The Raising of Lazarus: The Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year A
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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From a talk given at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Omaha, NELent Parish Mission: March, 2011The one you love is ill. As we have seen, often John does not use a name: The woman at the well. The Man Born Blind. Lazarus is called: 'the one you love.' The one you love is ill and needs healing.We use the way John writes so that any of us could enter into that experience: asking for the water of life; for sight and healing. And this week, entering into the experience of Lazarus, knowing that each of us can feel we are the one Jesus loves. We are loved ones who need new life.John offers us a story with a miracle -what he calls a sign, and as always with John, it is not to dazzle or impress.It is for the glory of God, and he is even more explicit in this Gospel -that the Son of God may be glorified through it.So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he wasThis isn't what we might expect here. Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus, so we want to hear that he went to them right away - but he doesn't.He remained for two days.As in many of John's gospels, we can feel this is a teaching moment. This is not what we expect, but we have learned that whatever happens, it will be for the glory of God.