Prayer of the Day
Fifth Sunday of LentApril 6th, 2014
Jesus was the light of the world. The raising of Lazarus proves Jesus is life as well. The sisters of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, sent this message to Jesus, “Lord the man you love is ill.” On receiving the message Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death but in God’s glory and through it the Son of God will be glorified.” Jesus loved Martha, her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed two more days where he was before saying to his disciples, “Let us go to Judea.” On arriving, Jesus found Lazarus had been in the tomb four days already. Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise over their brother. When Martha heard Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “If only you had been here my brother would not have died. But I know that even now whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.” “Your brother,” said Jesus to her “will rise again.” Martha said, “I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said; “I am the resurrection. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes Lord” she said, “I believe you are the Christ the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.” When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in a low voice, “The Master is here and wants to see you.” Jesus had not yet arrived at the house he was still where Martha had met him. Mary ran to meet him and threw herself at his feet saying, “Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died.” At the sight of her tears and those of the Jews who followed her Jesus said in great distress with a sigh that came straight from the heart, “Where have you put him?” They said “Lord come and see.” Jesus wept. The Jews said, “See how much he loved him.” Still sighing Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. Jesus said, “Take the stone away.” Martha said to him, “Lord by now he will smell this is the fourth day.” Jesus replied, “Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: “Father I thank you for hearing my prayer. I know indeed that you always hear me but I speak for the sake of all those around me, so that they may know it was you who sent me.” When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, “Lazarus, here, Come out!” The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, let him go free.” Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did believed in him. (John 11 : 1-45)
The Gospel focus, Jesus’ great miracle, his power over death. His words to his disciples taking them by surprise, “let us go to Judea.” Objection and death awaited Jesus in Jerusalem. The crowd seeing the miracle accepted Jesus‘ love for Lazarus. Some went away believing’ others very divided as to who Jesus was.