Illuminating Christ: Raising of Lazarus


Son of Humankind,
Your friend Lazarus died, and you wept. The raw ache of grief tugged at your heart.
You know what it feels like to mourn. You also know what it’s like to rise again.
Console us in our times of despair.
In our darkest days, help us to always live and believe in you,
so that we may enjoy everlasting life with you in heaven.
We pray in your holy name,

Join Seeing the Word this Lenten season as we take a prayerful look into the ministry of Jesus Christ through the lens of The Saint John’s Bible. The weekly posts will feature either a prayer or reflection paired with an illumination. All content was written by Jessie Bazan, M.Div. candidate.

Illumination: © Donald Jackson, 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Illuminating Christ: Raising of Lazarus

  1. This Gospel on the raising of Lazarus by Jesus, Who first wept at his tomb is such a consoling meditation. Martha’s confession of Faith is a highlight for me. I like that Jesus asked those there to unwrap Lazarus so he could move freely, that was a thoughtful touch by Jesus.
    Thank you for sharing these illustrations and the powerful meditations.

  2. In the illumination I see and FEEL God’s golden warmth as if in a protective womb. The darkness of death, grief, and necessary mourning also has an exit strategy leading into the light of love – a Holy Spirit invoking dove waiting patiently for whoever chooses to move through the tunnel form darkness into light.

    I have a choice to remain in the dark , a necessary pausing place, or choose the light and life of Christ, the Holy Spirit leading, toward our God … Lord, help me choose light, life, and love.

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