John 11: 1 - 45 The Raising of Lazarus This Sunday is Passion Sunday, the start of two weeks in which we enter more intensely into the suffering of Christ, leading to the joy and hope of Easter Day In a carefully detailed narrative, today’s Gospel (read here) relates how Christ, six days before His own death, went to His dead friend Lazarus at Bethany outside of Jerusalem. With epic simplicity the Gospel records that “Jesus wept” (John 11:35); He was greatly disturbed.
Today the secular world and the Church combine in saying thank you for the mothers among us and for all those: men and women; old and young who have the ability to mother others when that is most needed. I suppose that is at the root of the two names we have for this day. Mother’s Day is focusing particularly on the gendered mothers among us whereas the more seemingly old fashioned ‘Mothering’ Sunday invites us to have a wider understanding. ‘Mothering’ is active and intentio