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Thursday, October 24, 2019

     “When Mary (the sister of Lazarus) came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping (κλαίουσαν), and the Jews who came with her also weeping (κλαίοντας), he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep (ἐδάκρυσεν). So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’” (Jn 11: 32-36)

     The Lord so deeply felt the grief caused by the death of Lazarus, that in His compassion He famously “wept” (ἐδάκρυσεν). Of course, Christ knew of Lazarus’s coming resurrection, so it was not His friend’s death, in and of itself, that moved the God-Man to tears. It was the very real pain...

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