Catechetical Corner

Jesus is a friend in time of need

From the Desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook

Director of Religious Education

Theme: Jesus is a friend in time of need

Scripture: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. ” John 11:25-26a

There was a man named Lazarus who lived in Bethany with his two sisters, Mary and Martha.Th  ey knew Jesus and were his good friends. One day, Lazarus became sick. His sisters sent word to Jesus saying, “Lord, your dear friend Lazarus is very sick.”

But Jesus was in another town and didn’t come right away.

When Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, Martha ran to meet Jesus and told him that Lazarus had been dead for four days.

“If only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Jesus answered, “Your brother will rise again. I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”  So Martha went back and got her sister Mary and they took Jesus to show him the place where Lazarus was buried. When he arrived at the tomb, Jesus told them to roll away the stone that covered the entrance.

He prayed to his Father and then he called in a loud voice, “Lazarus come out!”

Even though he had been dead for four days, Lazarus walked out of the tomb! He wasn’t dead — he wasn’t even sick!

Jesus loves you just as he loved Lazarus and he wants to be your friend. He’ll pick you up when you are down. He’ll be with you to the bitter end.

After all, that’s what friends are for.


Dear Jesus, you said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Thank you for being our friend. Amen.

Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes,

repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life.

Or reflect and possibly journal on what relationships or hopes seem dead in your life right now?

Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:


No! David.

Written by David Shannon

Illustrated by David Shannon

Copyright 1998 Scholastic, Inc.

ISBN-10: none

ISBN-13: 978-0590930024


Family Lenten Discussion: As a family, are we taking care of God’s creation? What more can we do?


As a family check out these websites:


Sunday Friends is a wonderful place where parish families can do service.