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Celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Lent

31 Mar

We see how the Word is being fulfilled in our hearing, in the raising of Lazarus. In the first reading from Ezekiel, we feel like we are in a tomb–not going anywhere, with only limited contact with others–but the Lord promises He will raise us from this “grave”; and He will do it by giving us new life. Even though we may feel as though it is getting worse, the Lord is leading us into a new trust, one in which we know He is here with us.

God wants to show us His glory and He desires our obedience in the moments of not understanding our poverty of not being able to move about freely. At times we feel bound and tied, experiencing the poverty of no control and begging when will this end…but Jesus has a deeper insight into all this for us. He desires to give God the glory in this, so we can witness to His saving power and presence. “… the One who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you.”

Let us touch this Spirit in us, which is being nurtured for something even greater than us for now. We can say with Martha: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “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?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

Jesus is coming into the world. In all of this, He is coming; and we are called to witness the “stone” being moved away, the virus being moved away. Let us not have the virus of doubt in this current situation. Let us not allow it to kill our belief and trust, but to be victorious over it, to believe that God can raise us up in this, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” Today, it is in our solitude, silence, aloneness that we might be untied, unbound, and made free,

We are walking with you and meeting you in this powerful Word that is calling to be fulfilled in our hearing. Let us believe so that God can be glorified.

 
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