Lent V – John 11:5-10

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus.

Augustine: They had hope, for they were beloved by Him Who is the Comforter of the sorrowful, and the Healer of the sick.

Chrysostom: Wherein the Evangelist instructs us not to be sad, if sickness ever falls upon good men, and friends of God.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he still remained in the same place two days.

Alcuin: Our Lord heard of the sickness of Lazarus, but suffered four days to pass before He cured it; that the recovery might be a more wonderful one.

Chrysostom: To give time for his death and burial, that they might say, he stinketh, and none doubt that it was death, and not a trance, from which he was raised.

7 Then after that, he said to his disciples: Let us go into Judea again.

Augustine: Where He had just escaped being stoned; for this was the cause of His leaving. He left indeed as man: He left in weakness, but He returns in power.

8 The disciples say to him: Rabbi, the Jews but now sought to stone thee: and goest thou thither again?

Chrysostom: They feared both for Him, and for themselves; for they were not yet confirmed in faith.

9 Jesus answered: Are there not twelve hours of the day? If a man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world: 10 But if he walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him.

Augustine: Follow Me then, saith our Lord, if ye wish not to stumble.

Chrysostom: The upright need fear no evil: the wicked only have cause to fear. We have done nothing worthy of death, and therefore are in no danger.

Or, If any one sees this world’s light, he is safe; much more he who is with Me.

Theophylact: Some understand the day to be the time preceding the Passion, the night to be the Passion. In this sense, while it is day, would mean, before My Passion; You will not stumble before My Passion, because the Jews will not persecute you; but when the night, i.e. My Passion, comes, then shall you be beset with darkness and difficulties.

Scripture from the Douay-Rheims Bible. Commentary from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea, Vol. IV (London: Rivington, 1845).

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