April 6, 2014
THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Ezekiel 37:12-14 * Romans 8:8-11 * John 11:1-45
Our readings appear to focus on faith, death, and rising from the dead. One of the themes is that if we abide in Christ and keep faithful to God’s commandments, we too will be raised from the dead to a new life in Christ, body and soul. This is foreshadowed by the prophet Ezekiel is his vision of the dry bones in our first reading, and then fulfilled by Christ in the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The Church, through Christ, is teaching us that even if we are “dead in our sins,” our faith and belief in Christ can and will raise us up spiritually and bodily; if we but repent and believe in Christ and the teachings of his Church.
In our second reading, “If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through the Spirit dwelling in you.” (Romans 8:11) We should want to shout from the rooftops, and like Martha proclaim to the world, in response to Christ’s admonition the he is “the Resurrection and the Life;” “Yes Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” (John 11:27)
Let’s do whatever it takes and fix our eyes on Jesus, the risen Christ.
- Through the sacrament of reconciliation, do we truly and sincerely repent in order to rise to a new life in Christ?
- When you contemplate your own death, what do you really believe about your own personal resurrection?
Deacon Glen Milton
Deacon Glen is a permanent deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Center.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.