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5 Lent 2017: Be raised into new life


Raising of Lazarus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46168 [retrieved April 10, 2017]

You can listen to my sermon on the stories of the dry bones in Ezekiel and the raising of Lazarus in John here:

Aside on the mosaic depiction above, which comes from the 12th century and is in Palermo, Italy: notice the way the man has his hands covered w/ his sleeve so he’s not directly touching the unclean corpse, and is covering his nose and mouth because of the stench.

It Stinks.

Lent 5 RCL Yr A

John 11:1-45 and Ezek. 37:1-14

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

April 6, 2014

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket

It stinks.

That is the King James Version of Martha’s description of four-days-dead Lazarus, what we heard as “already there is a stench.” Actually, the King James says, “he stinketh.” Lots of things stink, literally or figuratively. The death of a friend. Disease-laden drinking water. The smell of gunpowder after a shooting. Flop houses and crack houses. Bodies on a battlefield. Antiseptic in hospitals and the deadly infections it fights. A person living on the streets without access to a shower or clean clothes. Salty tears. Continue reading