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In his book Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John, Vanier gets at the very heart of the this week’s gospel when he points out that Lazarus is loved by Jesus:

[John chapter 11] is one of the simplest and most beautiful chapters in the Gospel of John. It reveals how profoundly human and totally divine Jesus is….This is the first time in the Gospel of John that we hear of Jesus’ love for individual people…[Jesus wept]We have seen Jesus passionately angry… Here we see something else: Jesus in emotional pain. Something seems broken in him. Never have we seen Jesus so profoundly human. (Chapter 15)

Jesus then prays to the Father and cries out in a loud voice: “Lazarus come out!. The dead man came out.” Never have we seen Jesus so profoundly divine.

Vanier asks- “Aren’t we all Lazarus? Are there not parts in us that are dead, caught up in a culture of death?… Jesus wants us to rise up and to become fully alive.”



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