Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Feast of All Saints Year B - John 11:32-44

Weeping Jesus - St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
John 11:32-44

The “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” weeps when Mary cannot contain her grief. It may be that Jesus regrets his late arrival (if you had been here my brother would not have died) or maybe it is the only thing a “God so loved the world” can do when the objects of Divine affection are overwhelmed by sorrow. Since John imagines a Jesus who is in control at all times this shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept” is significant. Soul distressed weeping is the opposite of being in control and even though the story has a happy ending, “Lazarus, come out!” the greater miracle may be that God “comes out” from behind the “in the beginning was the Word” to share Mary’s sorrow. 

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