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Caroline Seta

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

The Lenten season invites us to explore the meaning of life.  In today’s Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus, we are confronted with a crucial question that Jesus asked Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” 

This account is a clear foreshadowing of the Easter event that would soon follow.  The question Jesus asks is not just about Lazarus but also about himself.  Faith in the Resurrection is key to Christianity. 

This goes beyond simply believing that Christ rose from the dead, for our religion rests on the pattern of death and resurrection at every state of our lives.  As the Elect come to their third scrutiny, we are challenging them to base their lives on that motif, to be willing to embrace multiple deaths that love demands with the faith that new life will arise each time we place ourselves in the hands of our loving and lifegiving God.  Each one of us is challenged at this time to a deepening conversion.

May we trust with one another in God’s power and come to new life beyond our struggles. 

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Bags of Compassion.  Next weekend is our Easter Food Drive.  Please join us as we celebrate Holy Week.  Consult the bulletin for the Triduum schedule. 

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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