WORD of the DAY
I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. (John 11: 25)
The resurrection of Lazarus narrated in today’s Gospel, presents Jesus as the one who conquers death. It is one of the most important signs that reveals the power and love Jesus has for His friends, and in general, for every human person. Jesus is not passive and indifferent in the face of the suffering of the sisters of the dead man: He is moved, He mourns and cries (John 11: 33/35). Even if Lazarus has been buried for four days, Jesus makes them take away the stone from the tomb and orders the dead man to come forward, calling him by name.
The word of Jesus is stronger than death: He defines Himself as the ‘resurrection and the life’ (John 11:25) and at His command, the man whose life had set in this world returns to vigor once again. We can imagine the joy of the two sisters who can once again embrace their brother who has returned to life. The exaltation spreads and the whole community can rejoice for the marvelous event that had just taken place.
O Lord, your power and your love makes us pass from death of sin to new life in Your Kingdom.
The voice of the Liturgy, Sunday Preface
As true man, He wept for Lazarus His friend and as eternal God He raised him from the tomb, just as taking pity on the human race, He leads us by sacred mysteries to new life.