Fifth Sunday in Lent A
1 Now a certain man wasI ill,II LazarusIII of Bethany,IV
the villageV of MaryVI and her sisterVII Martha.VIII
2 Mary was the one who anointedIX the LordX with perfumeXI
and wipedXII his feetXIII with her hair;XIV her brotherXV Lazarus was ill.
3 So the sisters sentXVI a message to Jesus,XVII “Lord,XVIII he whom you loveXIX is ill.”
4 But when JesusXX heardXXI it, he said, “This illnessXXII does not leadXXIII to death;XXIV
rather, it is for God’sXXV glory,XXVI so that the SonXXVII of God may be glorifiedXXVIII through it.”
5 Accordingly, though Jesus lovedXXIX Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill,XXX he stayedXXXI twoXXXII daysXXXIII longer in the placeXXXIV where he was.
7 Then after this he said to the disciples,XXXV “Let us goXXXVI to JudeaXXXVII again.”
8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi,XXXVIII the JewsXXXIX were just now tryingXL to stoneXLI you, and are you goingXLII there again?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelveXLIII hoursXLIV of daylight?XLV Those who walkXLVI during the day
do not stumbleXLVII because they seeXLVIII the lightXLIX of this world.L 10 But those who walk at night stumble because the light is not in them.”
11 After saying this, he toldLI them, “Our friendLII Lazarus has fallen asleep,LIII but I am goingLIV there to awakenLV him.”
12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”LVI 13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thoughtLVII that he was referringLVIII merely to sleep.LIX
14 Then Jesus told them plainly,LX “Lazarus is dead.LXI 15 For your sake I am gladLXII I was not there, so that you may believe.LXIII But let us goLXIV to him.”
16 Thomas,LXV who was calledLXVI the Twin,LXVII said to his fellow disciples,LXVIII “Let us also go,LXIX that we may dieLXX with him.”
17 When Jesus arrived,LXXI he foundLXXII that Lazarus had already beenLXXIII in the tombLXXIV fourLXXV days.
18 Now Bethany was nearLXXVI Jerusalem,LXXVII some two milesLXXVIII away,
19 and manyLXXIX of the Jews had comeLXXX to Martha and Mary to consoleLXXXI them about their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and metLXXXII him, while Mary stayedLXXXIII at home.LXXXIV 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I knowLXXXV that God will giveLXXXVI you whatever you askLXXXVII of him.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”LXXXVIII
24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrectionLXXXIX on the lastXC day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.XCI Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,XCII 26 and everyoneXCIII who lives and believes in me will never die.XCIV Do you believe this?”
27 She said to him, “Yes,XCV Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,XCVI the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
28 When she had said this, she went backXCVII and calledXCVIII her sister Mary and told her privately,XCIX “The TeacherC is hereCI and is calling for you.”
29 And when she heard it, she got upCII quicklyCIII and wentCIV to him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the houseCV consoling her sawCVI Mary get upCVII quicklyCVIII and go out.CIX
They followedCX her because they thought that she was goingCXI to the tomb to weepCXII there. 32 When Mary came where Jesus was and sawCXIII him, she kneltCXIV at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus sawCXV her weeping and the Jews who came withCXVI her also weeping, he was greatly disturbedCXVII in spiritCXVIII and deeply moved.CXIX 34 He said, “Where have you laidCXX him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”CXXI 35 Jesus began to weep.CXXII
36 So the Jews said, “SeeCXXIII how he lovedCXXIV him!”
37 But some of them said, “CouldCXXV not he who openedCXXVI the eyesCXXVII of the blindCXXVIII man have keptCXXIX this man from dying?”
38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave,CXXX and a stoneCXXXI was lyingCXXXII against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take awayCXXXIII the stone.”
Martha, the sister of the dead man,CXXXIV said to him, “Lord, already there is a stenchCXXXV because he has been dead four days.”CXXXVI
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would seeCXXXVII the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lookedCXXXVIII upwardCXXXIX and said, “Father,CXL I thankCXLI you for having heard me.
42 I knew that you alwaysCXLII hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowdCXLIII standing here,CXLIV so that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, he criedCXLV with a loudCXLVI voice,CXLVII “Lazarus, comeCXLVIII out!”
44 The dead manCXLIX came out,CL his handsCLI and feet boundCLII
with strips of clothCLIII and his faceCLIV wrappedCLV in a cloth.CLVI
Jesus said to them, “UnbindCLVII him, and letCLVIII him go.”CLIX
45 Many of the Jews, therefore, who had come with Mary and had seenCLX what Jesus didCLXI believed in him.
Image credit: “Raising of Lazarus” by Frank Wesley.