The Threshold to Holy Week: The Raising of Lazarus (Saturday, April 24)

The word for today is “sign.” Today the Orthodox stand at the doorway to Holy Week.  At this threshold is the story of the raising of Lazarus John 11:1-45.  Most of us have gone through so many observances of Christ’s passion that the events of this week might have lost their edge.  However, if we take a second look at the story of Lazarus, we will learn to participate in the events as if we were there following the Lord to His Cross and the the appearance as the Risen Christ for the first time.  At every step, the Lord speaks and acts in surprising ways.  The Scriptures foretold everything that was to occur.  And yet, from our point of…