Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2015


It really is a very strange story, isn’t it? Not for the reasons the Pharisees would claim – the fact that a man was brought back to life, but because of how Jesus first responded.

When Jesus heard that Lazarus, this man that he loved was ill, he did not rush off to him – he waited for two days.

When he arrived, Martha came to him and confronted him on his delay. Jesus rather matter-of-factly assured her that Lazarus would live. And then Mary comes out and again confronts him about his delay – and she started to cry.

Then Jesus also begins to cry.

We read that it wasn’t because Lazarus died that Jesus cried, but because Mary cried. Clearly, Jesus did not mean to bring such angst upon Mary, but she did not understand what he knew.

Every single one of us here has experienced the delay or seemingly unresponsiveness of God.  This is a story about how we deal with waiting for Jesus.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Fifth Sunday of Lent (The Scrutinies) (Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45)


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