God promised, "you will know that I am Lord when I open your graves and raise you from your graves." This is the optimum moment for God to have Lazarus rise from his grave, for the event teaches us how much we must trust the power of Jesus' love for us.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.2nd Reading:
When Jesus sees the blind man, He says, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." The man was born blind "so that the works of God might be displayed in him". The Light who is Christ reproduces itself in us, so that we might come to resemble the source of that light.
1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13Psalm:
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.2nd Reading:
Pope Benedict XVI writes that "the woman is made aware of what in actuality she has always known: that she thirsts for life itself and that all the assuaging that she seeks and finds cannot slake this living, elemental thirst." Through our Lord, we can all be certain that we will at last be "at peace with God". With our Lord: we will not die of thirst.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.2nd Reading:
To listen to Jesus, we must be close to Him, to follow Him. When we listen to the Word of Jesus and carry it in our hearts, this Word grows. The Word of Christ grows in us when we proclaim it, when we give it to others! This is what Christian life is. Through the Transfiguration, we have been given the power we need to go where God directs us.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.2nd Reading:
2 Timothy 1:8-10Gospel:
The "good act" that St Paul speaks about is Jesus' unfailing fidelity to the Father's will. We will not be duped by the suggestion that somehow God will be jealous at the prospect that we "will be like gods". It is the Lord's greatest joy that we share His image and likeness... not through self-seeking but through obedience by which many will be made righteous.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.2nd Reading: