August 9, 2022     2:31 pm
71. Week of Septuagesima Sunday - Sunday
“Lazarus, come forth”
          I am the Resurrection and the Life.   John 11:25
          Now the Passover drew near when Jesus was to suffer and die. He was in Perea, east of the Jordan, several days journey from Jerusalem. In Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary, lay at the point of death. The sisters sent word to Jesus, saying: "Lord, he whom You love is sick." But Jesus, who loved Lazarus and his sisters, remained two days in the same place where He was. Then He went to Judea with His disciples to raise Lazarus, who, meanwhile, had died - When Martha heard that Jesus was near Bethany, she went to meet Him and said to Him: "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now, whatever You will ask of God, God will give it to You." Jesus said: "Your brother shall rise again." Martha said: "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Said Jesus: "I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said: "Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, that should come into the world." - Now Martha went and called Mary secretly saying: "The Master has come, and calls for you." Quickly Mary came to Jesus and fell down at His feet, weeping and saying: "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." Many Jews had come along and wept also. Jesus was troubled and said: "Where have you laid him?" They said: "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. And they came to the tomb, the entrance of which was closed with a stone. Jesus said: "Take away the stone." Martha said: "Lord by this time he stinks; for he has been dead four days." Jesus said: "Did I not say to you that, if you would believe, you should see the glory of God?" Then they took away the stone. But Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I knew that You hear Me always; but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that You have sent Me." And He cried with a loud voice: "Lazarus, come forth." And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said to them: "Loose him and let him go." (John 11:1-44.)
          Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world. He is the Resurrection and the Life. He has given His life into death for us. He has arisen and lives. He that believes in Him, receives Him in true faith, shall live though he die. And he that lives and believes in Him shall never die, shall never know what death really is. Do you believe this?
          PRAYER: - I believe this, my Lord and Saviour. Jesus, I believe in You. When my last hour comes, I will, trusting in You, laugh at death and see life. When I rise, I shall see You, and exult in the glory of eternal life. Grant this, O Conqueror of Death, O Prince of Life, O merciful Saviour. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:31 pm