Pope Francis on the Fifth Sunday of Lent recalled Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead, described in the 11th chapter of the Gospel of John. His comments came before reciting the Angelus from the Library of the Apostolic Vatican Palace.
The Holy Father noted how Lazarus’ sister lamented that if only Jesus had arrived earlier her brother would not have died. Of course, Christ had other plans.
“Jesus would have been able to avoid the death of his friend Lazarus, but He wished to make our grief His own for the death of dear persons, and He wished especially to show God’s dominion over death.,” Pope Francis said. “In this passage of the Gospel, we see that man’s faith and the omnipotence of God’s love seek one another and finally meet.”