May 29, 2020

Lent V

Jesus Wept (detail), Tissot

By Chaplain Mike

Today’s Gospel: John 11:1-45

a sonnet

if only you had been here with us then
when your close friend, our brother, passed away
i know you could have helped, have healed, have saved
his life and kept us from this hopeless day
instead we watched him slowly lose his breath
we bid him drink and cooled his fev’rish skin
abstained from sleep and feared to leave the room
lest darkness steal the last dim light within
but you, you were not here! you were not here
when your companion slowly slipped away
what now? you come, but why? what can you do?
what words of present comfort can you say?
a single tear falls softly from your eye —
i catch my breath; you move, you point, you cry…


  1. It has oft been discussed what exactly Jesus was weeping about. My 2 cents is that it was more than one thing. It was the hollow state of His friends in light of their brother’s death. Perhaps it was His own impending death – a foreshadowing of the agony in the garden. Perhaps also it was a small glimpse at the vast sadness He must have felt in the face of all the world’s suffering, past, present and future, that He bore within Himself.

    • I like what our pastor said yesterday in his message. Referring to the words, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.” (Jn 11:33-35), he talked about how Jesus took all the pain and sorrow of death upon himself there at Lazarus’s tomb and then gave Lazarus new life. He does the same for us (Romans 6:3-4).