When Jesus Wept

Q. When Lazarus died, Jesus knew he would rise again. So why did Our Lord weep?

A. Perhaps Our Lord was weeping, not so much for grief at losing His friend temporarily, but for grief over the universal predicament that had caused the death of Lazarus and of the whole human race: the rebellion of the people He himself had created, with its terrible consequence, original sin. It may well be that those infinitely precious tears were shed for all of us who suffer the pangs of bereavement and death.

If this is indeed the case, it should be comforting to know that Jesus was weeping for you and me, sharing our grief whenever we lose a loved one or come face to face with our own mortality. It should remind us, too, that we can trust Our Lord to raise us all up on the last day. PT