Lazarus, Come Forth!

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The raising of Lazarus in John's Gospel is one of the most dramatic and poignant episodes in scripture. While traditionally read as a story about friendship and faith, Dear shows through his extended meditations how it also summarizes the persistent theme of the Gospel. If Lazarus represents humanity, the story of his raising is about the God of Life confronting the power of death itself, calling humanity to walk out of its tomb--the culture of violence and war--and into "the new life of resurrection peace."

According to Dear, the Gospel urges us to carry on this liberating work of Jesus today: to remove the stone that traps us in violence, to call each other out of our tombs, to unbind one another and set each other free to live in peace. In doing so, we will fulfill our vocations as disciples of Jesus and enter the fullness of life today.

John Dear is a priest, activist, lecturer, and author of thirty books including Thomas Merton Peacemaker; You Will Be My Witnesses (with art by William Hart McNichols), Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings; Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings and an autobiography, A Persistent Peace (Doubleday/Image) and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He lives in New Mexico. www.fatherjohndear.org

 

Book Details

Title:
Lazarus, Come Forth!
Subtitle:
How Jesus Confronts the Culture of Death and Invites Us into the New Life of Peace
Author:
John Dear
Pages:
144
Binding:
Softcover
Fr. Dear's witness to the power of the Lazarus event, and its meaning for those who seek the kingdom of peace, both in his life and ministry and in this small book, is very powerful. The text is a primer in biblical reflection for those confronting the powers and principalities that bring death.. . . It was worth the struggle to read, and more, it is worth the struggle to continue engaging."
"...Lazarus is both encouraging and challenging...the marks of a well-written book that effectively communicates the truth of the gospel."
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