FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Gospel: (John 11:1-45)
So Jesus came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, “Take
away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be
a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you
believe you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised
his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he has said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead
man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face wrapped in a cloth. So
Jesus said to them, Untie him and let him go.” Now many of the Jews who had come to
Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.
Jesus promises Martha(and us) that whoever “lives and believes in me will never die.”
The amazing fact of our living the dying and rising of the paschal mystery is that we
already share in this eternal life. We readily see the dying in our everyday lives-the pain,
suffering, death, sinfulness, self-emptying, discipline, giving up our wills. This gospel
challenges us to see and believe equally signs of the grace of new life-glory, joy, peace,
forgiveness, mercy, trust, kindness. Living the paschal mystery draws us to see these
dyings and risings as two aspects of the same mystery. The already of eternal life is
God’s grace already working in our lives. (Living Liturgy, p. 80)
“Five years ago Thou didst bring me back almost from death, and was not this delay
granted me to do penance and become better? Ah! The prayers that were sent up to Thee
then were heard. Why should those that are being offered now, and in so far greater
number, on my behalf, be lost? Perhaps Thou wilt answer them, Lord, in another way.
Thou wilt give me courage, resignation, peace of soul, and those ineffable consolations
that accompany Thy real presence.”-Bl. Frederic Ozanam- (Ramson, Praying with Frederic,
"When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger , you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me." Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?" The king will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me."
"Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who are weeping now, for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men will have hated you, and when they have separated you and reproached you, and thrown out your name as if evil, because of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and exult, For behold, your reward is great in heaven."