The Church is called to be like Jesus: contemplative, compassionate and courageous. The disciples are learning in this passage what that means. When Jesus discerns it is the right time to go to Lazarus, the disciples are the opposite of all these things. They are anxious, indifferent and afraid for their own safety and that of Jesus. They want to preserve their life, not give it away.
This is the fourth of 21 audio reflections written and read by Bishop Steven, released daily as a podcast during Lent. Each reflection accompanies the booklet Abundant Life, which is available to order online: