It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, March 08, 2008

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT


Jesus wept.
John 11:35



What was so moving as to cause the King of the universe to weep? John seems to indicate that Jesus was moved by the sight of Mary and the other mourners (John 11:33). Is it possible Jesus wept because he saw a group of people over whom death seemed victorious? Here was a crowd consumed by the hopelessness and finality of death, while the Resurrection and the Life stood right in their midst!
Jesus came to offer the promise of resurrection to everyone who will believe and trust in him. Just as he wept before the tomb of Lazarus, he weeps over all those who are either unaware or unwilling to believe in the eternal life he offers

If you do believe, then know that you can entrust to Jesus every area of your life that is wounded, despairing, or sinful. He has the power to raise up and bring life to something that seems dead and decaying. Even in the most hopeless situations, the light of Christ can penetrate the darkness and bring deliverance


Sometimes we feel distant from God because we believe our prayers are not answered. Yet, we fail to realize God is answering his prayer in his time, and he is using that feeling of distance as a challenge to bring us closer to him.
This is the theme of the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus delayed to bring God glory and to cause others to believe in him.


I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live

John 11:25

John the Evangelist presented one of the most dramatic narratives of the Bible: the resurrection of Lazarus. Even in a time of loss, the passage encourages us to have hope, for we believe Jesus is the “resurrection and the life.”



Martha was the first person to whom Jesus announced the resurrection. Like Peter, Martha confessed her faith in Jesus as the "Messiah, the Son of God" (Mt 16:16). With a powerful command, Jesus raised Lazarus to life, a symbol of Christ's own resurrection and our dying and rising in Baptism. Ironically, it was this gift of life that would lead to Jesus' own death.

We are in our last week before Holy Week. It seems that there is so much left to do, to ask for, to be open to, to surrender, to change. Jesus assures us that he is the "resurrection and the life," that if we place our faith in him, we will never die.


Lent isn't an end in itself; its purpose is to make way in our hearts and our lives for the great events of Holy Week and Easter, and the full 50 days of Easter celebration afterward. This is a great story arc that begins with Ash Wednesday, peaks with the events upon which our faith rests - Jesus's passion, death, and resurrection - and eventually comes to rest at Pentecost



My Loving Lord, it's so hard to love the world sometimes and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible. Help me to be inspired by his love and guided by his example. Most of all, I want to accept that I can't do it alone, and that trying is an arrogance of self-centeredness. I need you, dear God, to give me support in this journey. Show me how to unlock my heart so that I am less selfish. Let me be less fearful of the pain and darkness that will be transformed by you into Easter joy.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen
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‘On Ya’ - ma

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