The Gospel of John

Just a couple of thoughts.

The first is really a question; what do most people say is the reason Jesus wept when Lazarus died?

Also, it seems to me that Jesus prayer for unity could not be accomplished anywhere else but in or with the Catholic church.


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12 Responses to The Gospel of John

  1. Bob says:

    Howdy Richard,
    The first major step is to bring the East and West churches back together. Until then, we’ll be stuck in this rut of discord between churches. 😦

    As for the reason that Jesus wept when Lazarus died, I can give you the Haydock, but in light of the whole chapter it would seem that it’s A) proof of his human nature, which the Haydock also says B) that he loves them dearly and desired to show compassion for their sorrow and the pain they’ve suffered as a result of their loss and possible sense of abandonment that Jesus was not there to save Lazarus when he was still alive, even though this is intended to show the glory of God. These are not anonymous women. Lazarus here is the brother of Mary who sat at our Saviour’s feet, anointed them with ointment and wiped them with her hair, and Margaret who worked tirelessly to please him.
    According to the Douay “he groaned in the spirit, and troubled himself.” I prefer this from a theological standpoint, but the other translations may be more literal. Next up… learning Greek.

  2. Bob says:

    erm. That would be according to the Rheims, Challoner revision and Haydock. I’m not all here anymore. Running out the door for work.

  3. Richard Froggatt says:

    Hi Bob,

    I agree with everything you’ve said. ESPECIALLY in regards to the East and West. The reunion of which I believe, IMO, would be the greatest act of God since the ressurection.

    I also agree with the reason Jesus wept, which is how I’ve always heard it explained. However, it struck me last night while reading that Jesus may have been weeping more because of the unbelief of the people and the things they were mumbling.

  4. timglass says:

    Maybe Jesus wept because He was calling Lazarus back to his earthly existence, instead of letting him stay in his spiritual existence. Where soon he would be ushered into heaven by the Savoir Himself.

    We are a stubborn people, aren’t we?

  5. Richard Froggatt says:


    That’s an interesting thought.

  6. Bob says:

    These are both great thoughts. That’s what is so beautiful with these Biblical texts. They can mean different things depending on where your mind and heart is.

  7. Richard Froggatt says:

    Yeah, it’s too bad though that we can’t get them infallibly defined; then that would be one less objection that can be raised against the magisterium…

    The beauty of the Catholic faith; it’s truly where the living water flows. And I am so thirsty.

  8. Richard Froggatt says:

    there was a big NOT next to magisterium 🙂

  9. timglass says:

    Are you doing ok Richard? No posts in a while. I hope everything is alright.
    Merry Christmas.

  10. Bob says:

    Howdy Richard. Haven’t seen you in a while. I second Tim’s message hoping all is alright and you’re having a Merry Christmas.

  11. rick correia says:

    I believe Jesus wept because of unbelief.

  12. rick correia says:

    I believe Jesus wept because of the unbelief.

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