Rise Up (Lazarus)
Performed by CAIN
Performed by John L. Bell
Here Jesus tells the story of a rich man who feasted every single day while a beggar named Lazarus starved to death outside of the gates of the rich man’s house. The poor man ends up in the bosom of Abraham while the rich man ends up in Hades. There is a double lesson here about how we use our time and possessions in this life and how some people cannot hear or understand the Truth, even if spoken by someone who has returned from the dead. The common denominator for both is a pitiable hardness of heart that does not recognize the needs of others or the Truth when it’s right in front of them.
Bishop Robert Barron | March 13, 2005
Our God hates death. Through the prophet Ezekiel, he said, “I will open your graves and have you rise from them.” Jesus came to end the reign of death, to wrestle death to the ground. In the raising of Lazarus–which anticipates his own even more glorious resurrection–he fulfills the prophecy of Ezekiel, calling the dead man from his grave.
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