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  • Bethany1
    Two miles from Jerusalem, Bethany lies on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. Jesus liked to visit. There was always a welcome at the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. They were simply his friends. “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” Jn.11: 5. It was a place to stay when he came to Jerusalem, there is a sense of warmth, and closeness to the family.

    The present village is built around the burial place of Lazarus. Through the centuries a series of Churches have been built on the site. The present church and monastery of the Franciscans was built in 1954. The tomb of Lazarus is entered from the street.
  • Bethany2
    A number of incidents surround Jesus’ visits to Bethany. One day he arrived with some disciples and while Martha bustled about preparing a meal, Mary sat listening at Jesus feet. Left to do all the work by herself Martha complains and asks him to tell Mary to help her. Jesus replies: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken from her.” Jn 10:41-42.

    On another occasion they gave a dinner for him and Mary anointed his feet with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair, the house was filled with the scent of the ointment. Judas complained at the extravagance. Jn 12:1-8
  • Bethany3
    In John’s Gospel the Raising of Lazarus is the cause of Jesus’ death. It leads to a meeting of the Sanhedrin Jn 10:38-53 which takes the decision to kill him.
  • Bethany4
    Entrance to Lazarus’ tomb.

    It was sufficient for Martha to send the message: “Lord he whom you love is ill.” Jesus understood. But he did nothing. He waited two days. The disciples must have been troubled. How often had they received hospitality in Bethany! Aftertwo days he said: “let us go to him.”

  • Bethany5
    Modern Entrance

    When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

  • Bethany6
    Inside Lazarus' tomb

    "Take away the stone." So they took away the stone. Jesus prayed to his Father, when he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

    When Mary came she knelt at his feet and repeated Martha’s plea. "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, he was very disturbed and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep.

  • Bethany7
    Inner entrance to tomb
  • Bethany8
    Jesus raises Lazarus: medieval fresco, Bethphage
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