Every year is the year of grace- the present time, the liturgical "today". The Friday before Lazarus Saturday, this year March 23rd, marks the end of Lent. Monasteries of the Eastern Church, through remembrance of this amazing miracle, benefit from the impact of the Raising of Lazarus from the dead, and are beneficiaries of a preparation [so to speak] which Jesus arranged as His passion drew near. To strengthen the disciples for his own approaching death He would raise a dead man. Of course this necessitated a corpse. Jesus did not respond to the urgent message of Martha and Mary sent him concerning Lazarus' illness. Lazarus died. After four days Jesus told the apostles "Lazarus our friend is dead. I am glad for your sake I was not there", making it quite clear why Lazarus had to die- so the apostles' faith would be strengthened by the miracle. What a price of grief Martha and Mary paid in the interim.