DEAR PADRE

What does resurrection mean?

I recently read an article that referred to Lazarus' resurrection. Is that the correct term? It applies to Jesus, I know, but to Lazarus? I've always assumed that Lazarus lived for a while and then died again, and like other people who have died, he awaits resurrection. Am I wrong?

In Christ and Lazarus we have two people who have risen from the grave, but in very different ways. In case of Lazarus, the dead man was "simply" raised to the same life he enjoyed before his death. He did eventually die again. Christ's case is different. Here the one who had died dose not simply return to his old way of being, but enters into a new kind of life. Unlike the raised Lazarus, the resurrected Christ enjoys a body that is different from his pre-resurrected body as a full-grown plant is from a seed. This resurrected body of Christ bears a relationship to the body Christ had before his death,  yet it is profoundly transformed; it's so different that many of Christ's disciples do not at first recognize him. In his resurrection, Christ reveals the kind of life we may all hope to enjoy at the time of his second coming. Since this is a life Lazarus still awaits, it's most fitting to follow the lead of the New Testament and simply refer to Lazarus as having been raised rather resurrected.

Matthew Allman, CSsr - sundaybulletins@liquori.org

If asked? "The phrase 'the Ten Commandments' appears in the Bible?" we would give the wrong answer because the answer "no". "The Ten Commandments" is a post-biblical phrase, which developed along with an image of God as 'police' which is not in today's passage of Exodus. The first frace is key: it is God who brought us out of slavery; enforce laws or commandments of God is our path to freedom. The moneychangers who Jesus cast the temple were not violating any of the commandments, nor were helping people to encounter the path to freedom from God when they came to the Temple to pray. This is an important lesson for our capabilities section Lent. We need to stop asking whether we are vilando any specific rule or regulation, and instead examine our private lives to truly follow the path towards freedom of God through Christ.