Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 3rd Questions for Careful Reading

Compare Mary's tears for Jesus outside his tomb with Jesus tears for Lazarus (11:35). How are they similar? How are they different?


  • Margarita FelicianoPosted on 4/01/20

    I think when Jesus weeps is a" beautiful thing" because He shows His human condition or human nature.

  • Deacon MichaelPosted on 3/30/20

    There is here a great parallel in that there is a Mary weeping for both Lazarus and later Jesus himself. The two situations are not the same. Jesus seems to know that Lazarus is dead well before he gets to Bethany. From the situation that he arrives to confront there his tears seem like they could be rooted in a couple of complexities. The words offered in the NRSV translation say that Jesus was “greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved” (11:33) and again at v38 when he came to the tomb. The NABRE which we use generally in the Church says that Jesus became, at 11:33 he became “perturbed and greatly troubled” and uses the same “perturbed” again at v38. The New Jerusalem Bible offers Jesus “greatly distressed” and with a “profound sigh” and “sighing again” in v38. So it seems like something other than, or in addition to sadness or grief, is at work here. The footnote for v33 in the the NABRE indicates “Became perturbed: a startling phrase in Greek, literally, “He snorted nin spirit” perhaps in anger at the presence of evil (death)”...which of course later on Jesus confronts directly on the Cross and transcends or “conquers”. In contrast Mary’s weeping seems quite touchingly human and completely understandable, she is saddened of course by the Lord’s death, that is then compounded by the realization that the grave of someone she loved had been desecrated. But he weeping was to turn to rejoicing quite quickly.