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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Lazarus, 03-27-17
FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-27-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Posted on 03/30/2017 3:45:38 PM PDT by Salvation

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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Lazarus

Saint of the Day for March 27

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Lazarus’ Story

Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, “See how much he loved him.” In their sight, Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead.

Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He is supposed to have left a written account of what he saw in the next world before he was called back to life. Some say he followed Peter into Syria. Another story is that despite being put into a leaking boat by the Jews at Jaffa, he, his sisters, and others landed safely in Cyprus. There he died peacefully after serving as bishop for 30 years.

A church was built in his honor in Constantinople and some of his reputed relics were transferred there in 890. A Western legend has the oarless boat arriving in Gaul. There he was bishop of Marseilles, was martyred after making a number of converts, and was buried in a cave. His relics were transferred to the new cathedral in Autun in 1146.

It is certain there was early devotion to the saint. Around the year 390, the pilgrim lady Etheria talks of the procession that took place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday at the tomb where Lazarus had been raised from the dead. In the West, Passion Sunday was called Dominica de Lazaro, and Augustine tells us that in Africa the Gospel of the raising of Lazarus was read at the office of Palm Sunday.


Reflection

Many people who have had a near-death experience report losing all fear of death. When Lazarus died a second time, perhaps he was without fear. He must have been sure that Jesus, the friend with whom he had shared many meals and conversations, would be waiting to raise him again. We don’t share Lazarus’ firsthand knowledge of returning from the grave. Nevertheless, we too have shared meals and conversations with Jesus, who waits to raise us, too.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; lentenseries; saints
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1 posted on 03/30/2017 3:45:38 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Saint of the Day Lenten Series Ping!


2 posted on 03/30/2017 3:47:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Thanks for this. I have seen a picture of a large tombstone with his name on it said to have been taken in Cyprus.


3 posted on 03/30/2017 4:01:50 PM PDT by Combat_Liberalism
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To: Salvation

Thank you. Lenten Blessings to you.


4 posted on 03/30/2017 5:27:09 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Vacate the chair! Ryan must go.)
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To: Salvation

Love these Saints of the Day!


5 posted on 03/30/2017 6:29:46 PM PDT by LYDIAONTARIO
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To: LYDIAONTARIO; Bigg Red

My pleasure.


6 posted on 03/30/2017 7:38:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Day by Day -- Saints for All, Lazarus, 03-27-17

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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Salvator of Horta, 03-20-17
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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Dominic Savio, 03-10-17
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Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Agnes of Bohemia, 03-02-17
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7 posted on 03/31/2017 10:05:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All

BTTT for the Saint of the Day, Lazarus!


8 posted on 03/27/2018 9:51:28 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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