Lent V – John 11:34-37

34 And said: Where have you laid him? They say to him: Lord, come and see.

Augustine: He knew where but He asked to try the faith of the people.

Chrysostom: He did not wish to thrust the miracle upon them, but to make them ask for it, and thus do away with all suspicions.

He had not yet raised anyone from the dead; and seemed as if He came to weep, not to raise to life.

Augustine: The Lord sees when He pities, as we read, Look upon my adversity and misery, and forgive me all my sin. [Ps 25: 16-18]

35 And Jesus wept.

Alcuin: Because He was the fountain of pity. He wept in His human nature for him whom He was able to raise again by His divine.

Augustine: Wherefore did Christ weep, but to teach men to weep?

36 The Jews therefore said: Behold how he loved him.

Bede: It is customary to mourn over the death of friends.

37 But some of them said: Could not he that opened the eyes of the man born blind, have caused that this man should not die?

Chrysostom: It was His enemies who said this. The very works, which should have evidenced His power, they turn against Him, as if He had not really done them. This is the way that they speak of the miracle of opening the eyes of the man that was born blind. They even prejudge Christ before He has come to the grave, and have not the patience to wait for the issue of the matter.

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

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