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Day 102 – The Death of Lazarus


Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we hear several different stories. First, we are the sheep of Jesus’ flock and we have an enemy. One who seeks to kill, steal and destroy Jesus comes that we may have abundant life and that is the Good News!

We have to be mindful of the Old Testament prophecies, Jesus comes not only to save the Jews but all the people of every nation. The promise the Lord made in his covenant with Abraham, which went from Moses to David and now to Jesus, expands through the Church for the salvation of the entire world. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, desires to bring every nation into one family, one kingdom, or one flock.

Later we read about Lazurus. Lazurus died and was put in a tomb. Jesus allows himself to be vulnerable and wept. Though Jesus knows he will shortly bring Lazarus back from the dead, he feels the grief of others and shares it with them. He later reveals that he can raise the dead by the power of his word. Even though the situation may seem hopeless, there is hope.

With everything he says and does, Jesus shows that he cannot be just a holy man or prophet; he is something greater — the Son of God!

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

John 10

1 ‘In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a bandit.

2 He who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock;

3 the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.

4 When he has brought out all those that are his, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice.

5 They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not recognise the voice of strangers.’

6 Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he was saying to them.

7 So Jesus spoke to them again: In all truth I tell you, I am the gate of the sheepfold.

8 All who have come before me are thieves and bandits, but the sheep took no notice of them.

9 I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: such a one will go in and out and will find pasture.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

12 The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and runs away, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;

13 he runs away because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,

15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

16 And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and I must lead these too. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, one shepherd.

17 The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

18 No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as I have power to lay it down, so I have power to take it up again; and this is the command I have received from my Father.

19 These words caused a fresh division among the Jews.

20 Many said, ‘He is possessed, he is raving; why do you listen to him?’

21 Others said, ‘These are not the words of a man possessed by a devil: could a devil open the eyes of the blind?’

22 It was the time of the feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter,

23 and Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down in the Portico of Solomon.

24 The Jews gathered round him and said, ‘How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.’

25 Jesus replied: I have told you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name are my witness;

26 but you do not believe, because you are no sheep of mine.

27 The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

28 I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from my hand.

29 The Father, for what he has given me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal anything from the Father’s hand.

30 The Father and I are one.

31 The Jews fetched stones to stone him,

32 so Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?’

33 The Jews answered him, ‘We are stoning you, not for doing a good work, but for blasphemy; though you are only a man, you claim to be God.’

34 Jesus answered: Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods?

35 So it uses the word ‘gods’ of those people to whom the word of God was addressed — and scripture cannot be set aside.

36 Yet to someone whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ because I said, ‘I am Son of God.’

37 If I am not doing my Father’s work, there is no need to believe me;

38 but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

39 They again wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded their clutches.

40 He went back again to the far side of the Jordan to the district where John had been baptising at first and he stayed there.

41 Many people who came to him said, ‘John gave no signs, but all he said about this man was true’;

42 and many of them believed in him.

John 11

1 There was a man named Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister, Martha, and he was ill.

2 It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair.

3 The sisters sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’

4 On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death, but it is for God’s glory so that through it the Son of Godmay be glorified.’

5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,

6 yet when he heard that he was ill he stayed where he was for two more days

7 before saying to the disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judaea.’

8 The disciples said, ‘Rabbi, it is not long since the Jews were trying to stone you; are you going back there again?’

9 Jesus replied: Are there not twelve hours in the day? No one who walks in the daytime stumbles, having the light of this world to see by;

10 anyone who walks around at night stumbles, having no light as a guide.

11 He said that and then added, ‘Our friend Lazarus is at rest; I am going to wake him.’

12 The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he is at rest he will be saved.’

13 Jesus was speaking of the death of Lazarus, but they thought that by ‘rest’ he meant ‘sleep’;

14 so Jesus put it plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead;

15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there because now you will believe. But let us go to him.’

16 Then Thomas — known as the Twin — said to the other disciples, ‘Let us also go to die with him.’

17 On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already.

18 Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem,

19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house.

21 Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,

22 but even now I know that God will grant whatever you ask of him.’

23 Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’

24 Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’

25 Jesus said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live,

26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?

27 ‘Yes, Lord,’ she said, ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’

28 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.’

29 Hearing this, Mary got up quickly and went to him.

30 Jesus had not yet come into the village; he was still at the place where Martha had met him.

31 When the Jews who were in the house comforting Mary saw her get up so quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

32 Mary went to Jesus, and as soon as she saw him she threw herself at his feet, saying, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’

33 At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who had come with her, Jesus was greatly distressed, and with a profound sigh he said,

34 ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’

35 Jesus wept;

36 and the Jews said, ‘See how much he loved him!’

37 But there were some who remarked, ‘He opened the eyes of the blind man. Could he not have prevented this man’s death?’

38 Sighing again, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening.

39 Jesus said, ‘Take the stone away.’ Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, ‘Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day since he died.’

40 Jesus replied, ‘Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?’

41 So they took the stone away. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer.

42 I myself knew that you hear me always, but I speak for the sake of all these who are standing around me, so that they may believe it was you who sent me.

43 When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’

44 The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with strips of material, and a cloth over his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’

45 Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what he did, believed in him,

46 but some of them went to the Pharisees to tell them what Jesus had done.

47 Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting. ‘Here is this man working all these signs,’ they said, ‘and what action are we taking?

48 If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and suppress the Holy Place and our nation.’

49 One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said, ‘You do not seem to have grasped the situation at all;

50 you fail to see that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people, rather than that the whole nation should perish.’

51 He did not speak in his own person, but as high priest of that year he was prophesying that Jesus was to die for the nation-

52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather together into one the scattered children of God.

53 From that day onwards they were determined to kill him.

54 So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town called Ephraim, in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples.

55 The Jewish Passover was drawing near, and many of the country people who had gone up to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves

56 were looking out for Jesus, saying to one another as they stood about in the Temple, ‘What do you think? Will he come to the festival or not?’

57 The chief priests and Pharisees had by now given their orders: anyone who knew where he was must inform them so that they could arrest him.

John 12

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead.

2 They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at table.

3 Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was filled with the scent of the ointment.

4 Then Judas Iscariot — one of his disciples, the man who was to betray him-said,

5 ‘Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’

6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he was in charge of the common fund and used to help himself to the contents.

7 So Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone; let her keep it for the day of my burial.

8 You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.’

9 Meanwhile a large number of Jews heard that he was there and came not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead.

10 Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well,

11 since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.

12 The next day the great crowd of people who had come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

13 They took branches of palm and went out to receive him, shouting: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.’

14 Jesus found a young donkey and mounted it — as scripture says:

15 Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion; look, your king is approaching, riding on the foal of a donkey.

16 At first his disciples did not understand this, but later, after Jesus had been glorified, they remembered that this had been written about him and that this was what had happened to him.

17 The crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead kept bearing witness to it;

18 this was another reason why the crowd came out to receive him: they had heard that he had given this sign.

19 Then the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see, you are making no progress; look, the whole world has gone after him!’

20 Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.

21 These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’

22 Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus.

23 Jesus replied to them: Now the hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.

24 In all truth I tell you, unless a wheat grain falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest.

25 Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

26 Whoever serves me, must follow me, and my servant will be with me wherever I am. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.

27 Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it is for this very reason that I have come to this hour.

28 Father, glorify your name! A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will again glorify it.’

29 The crowd standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’

30 Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours.

31 ‘Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be driven out.

32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all people to myself.’

33 By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.

34 The crowd answered, ‘The Law has taught us that the Christ will remain for ever. So how can you say, “The Son of man must be lifted up”? Who is this Son of man?’

35 Jesus then said: The light will be with you only a little longer now. Go on your way while you have the light, or darkness will overtake you, and nobody who walks in the dark knows where he is going.

36 While you still have the light, believe in the light so that you may become children of light. Having said this, Jesus left them and was hidden from their sight.

37 Though they had been present when he gave so many signs, they did not believe in him;

38 this was to fulfil the words of the prophet Isaiah: Lord, who has given credence to what they have heard from us, and who has seen in it a revelation of the Lord’s arm?

39 Indeed, they were unable to believe because, as Isaiah says again:

40 He has blinded their eyes, he has hardened their heart, to prevent them from using their eyes to see, using their heart to understand, changing their ways and being healed by me.

41 Isaiah said this because he saw his glory, and his words referred to Jesus.

42 And yet there were many who did believe in him, even among the leading men, but they did not admit it, because of the Phariseesand for fear of being banned from the synagogue:

43 they put human glory before God’s glory.

44 Jesus declared publicly: Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in the one who sent me,

45 and whoever sees me, sees the one who sent me.

46 I have come into the world as light, to prevent anyone who believes in me from staying in the dark any more.

47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully, it is not I who shall judge such a person, since I have come not to judge the world, but to save the world:

48 anyone who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already: the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.

49 For I have not spoken of my own accord; but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and what to speak,

50 and I know that his commands mean eternal life. And therefore what the Father has told me is what I speak.

Proverbs 6:1-5

1 My child, if you have gone surety for your neighbour, if you have guaranteed the bond of a stranger,

2 if you have committed yourself with your lips, if through words of yours you have been entrapped,

3 do this, my child, to extricate yourself — since you have put yourself in the power of your neighbour: go, humble yourself, plead with your neighbour,

4 give your eyes no sleep, your eyelids no rest,

5 break free like a gazelle from the trap, like a bird from the fowler’s clutches.


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