Sunday, 6 April 2014

Lazarus Part 1 - Mary




John 11:17-21,28,29
Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died...
 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.

Mary stayed at home
the better to nurse her wrath
Knowing that as soon as she saw him,
Jesus, the beloved,
she would cave as she always did
She needed solitude
to stoke the fires
of her anger and self pity
She needed to be alone
to add fuel to her resentment.
But she couldn't hold out
once Jesus got there
She couldn't resist the pull
of his charisma
She had to shake off her fury
and go to him - 
To confront him?
To accuse him?
Who knows?
But once he was near
She could not stay away.

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