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Raising of Lazarus

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According to the Gospel of John, Lazarus was the brother of Martha and Mary of Bethany. The miracle of the raising of Lazarus is the climax of John’s “signs”. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the miracle performed by Jesus returned Lazarus to ordinary earthly life as with the son of the widow of Nain and Jairus’ daughter and that Lazarus and the others who were raised from the dead would later die again.

It explains the crowds seeking Jesus on Palm Sunday, and leads directly to the decision of Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin to plan to kill Jesus. Theologians Moloney and Harrington view the raising of Lazarus as a “pivotal miracle” which starts the chain of events that leads to the Crucifixion of Jesus. They consider it as a “resurrection that will lead to death”, in that the raising of Lazarus will lead to the death of Jesus, the Son of God, in Jerusalem which will reveal the Glory of God” (Francis J. Moloney, Daniel J. Harrington, 1998 The Gospel of John Liturgical Press ISBN 0-8146-5806-7 p. 325).

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