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Fifth Sunday of Lent
Mar 30, 2020
1st Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14
Resp. Psalm Psalm 130: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2nd Reading: Romans 8:8-11
Gospel: John 11:1-45
We can and should always put our trust in the Lord. He will never let us down. We may never be able to fully understand why He does the things He does but the Scriptures do tell us that God brings good out of everything that happens for those who love Him.
We read in today's Gospel about Lazarus being raised from the dead. (Theologically speaking, Lazarus was not resurrected but resuscitated). Even though we are alive on the earth, those who are in sin are dead - dead to the reality that sin is death and the more sins we commit, the less we can live in Christ. Jesus came to help us become what we were called to be from the beginning of our lives. We need grace to do this. Evil is a privation, that is we are not all that we should be when we continually sin without frequent Confession.
In the readings, we are told that what makes us righteous is the grace of God that has its beginning in us when we are baptized. But if we have been baptized and keep sinning God's grace cannot work in us unless we strive to stop sinning through frequent reception of the Sacraments and good works and prayer and fasting and alms-giving.
We all will rise again after we die but where we go after that is completely up to us. If we follow Jesus as completely as possible we will be in Heaven.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD