Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent
In this last Sunday of Lent, the Scripture prepares us in a special way for the coming events of Holy Week—namely Jesus’ death and Resurrection. The words today emphasize the importance of spirit and faith in the Resurrection. A clear divide is made between the physical body and the spirit that is contained within. Too often in today’s society, death is seen as the ending of life; however, we are reminded that for those who believe in the Lord, physical death is not the end. In John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Whoever believes in Me, even if He dies, will live and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”  Jesus exemplifies this by raising Lazarus from his grave. In doing so, He reminds everyone that he who believes, will be protected by the almighty power of God.

As we approach the end of our Lenten journey, we are reminded of the importance of the Resurrection. We, as disciples of Christ, need to invest a renewed faith in the power of the spirit of God and the hope that comes from the Resurrection. As believers of the Lord, we are endowed with this spirit, and are granted the opportunity for eternal life in the kingdom of Heaven. Let us praise the good Lord and remember that a peaceful eternity awaits all who believe.

Lord, let us be mindful of the spirit You gave to us and help us to see the glory of the Resurrection.

Meg Murray, ’18

First Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Second Reading: Romans 8:8-11
Gospel: John 11:1-45

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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