The Saturday of Lazarus

Series: Pascha 2020

The Saturday of Lazarus

April 11, 2020
On the Saturday before Holy Week we witness one of the greatest signs both of our Lord's humanity but also of his divinity. His two natures are set before us in exquisite beauty as we commemorate the miracle of Jesus raising his dear friend Lazarus from the dead. Mary and Martha plead with the Lord to come quickly to heal their brother Lazarus. Jesus delays his return and when he arrives, Lazarus is already dead four days. Jesus, in a revelation of his two natures gazes at the tomb of his friend..."And Jesus wept." His heart hurt and he shared the grief of Martha and Mary. To the surprise of those standing alongside, He commanded that the stone be rolled away from the tomb and He called out in a loud voice: "Lazarus come forth!"  The icon we behold tells us in stark terms, as those standing there cover their noses, they anticipated that only the stench of death will come forth from the tomb. Instead of death, prefiguring his own resurrection, life comes forth, as Lazarus, four days dead, returns to the living.
Martha confessed her belief in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus says: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he died, yet shall he live…” Jesus has the power to feel the pain in our hearts, cry with us, and raise us as well, just as he raised the beloved Lazarus. Jesus is the Resurrection and Life of all People.

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