JN 11: 1 – 45 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032920.cfm)
The Raising of Lazarus is the last of the seven signs of Jesus reported in the Gospel of John. It is climatic in that it summarizes everything about his identity as the one sent by the Father to reveal his love. The symbolism of this wonderful drama rests in terms such as Light, Life and Glory, and yet the narrative unfolds with the stench of death filling the nostrils of those who watch and wait. This is the human condition so fallen and so exalted. We are invited here as Séamus Heaney says to “Walk on air, against our better judgment!”
is the shortest verse in the New Testament:
We don’t expect it in John’s exalted poetic narrative,
steeped in sublime symbolism.
But there it is:
the Word made flesh, brought on by Mary’s tears
and grief at the loss of his friend,
finally breaks down.
Thank you, because
We really needed to know that you know
how it is for us,
that the pain of so many losses and deaths
just tear us apart.
We are not always looking for exalted theology
Sometimes it’s enough to know that you are there,
with tears in your eyes.