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Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year A

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Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year A

April 2, 2017

Gospel: Ga 11, 1-45
 
Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill. So the sisters sent word to him saying, "Master, the one you love is ill." hen Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified (1) through it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was. Then after this he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." He said this, and then told them, "Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him." So the disciples said to him, "Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved." But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep. So then Jesus said to them clearly, "Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him." So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go to die with him."
 
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, "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."
 
When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, "The teacher is here and is asking for you." As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him. For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him. So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed (2) and deeply troubled, and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Sir, come and see." And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him." But some of them said, "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?"
 
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, "Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me." And when he had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands (3), and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go."
 
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.
 
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The difficult words
 
(1)To be glorified is to be given honor, praise, and splendor.
(2)Perturbed means deeply upset or troubled inside.
(3)Burial bands were cloths that were used in those days to wrap up the bodies of those who had died.
 
This week’s spotlight
 
“I confess to almighty God”
 
These are the first words of a prayer we often say at the beginning of Mass to prepare ourselves to hear the word of God and receive Holy Communion. This prayer is called the "confiteor" because that's the first word of it in Latin. In this prayer we recognize that we are sinners and ask others to pray for us.
 
Kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayer
 
Our bodily posture can help to express the feelings we have inside of us. To kneel during the Eucharistic Prayer is a sign of our reverence and awe for the great miracle that takes place on the altar - the changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. Kneeling is also a sign of humble prayer in the presence of God.
 
Reflection
 
It’s never too late
 
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, it looked like he was too late. His friend Lazarus had died, and he had already been in the tomb for four days. Jesus was filled with sorrow and cried for his friend. But was it really too late? Jesus commanded them to take away the stone from the cave. He prayed to his Father, and then raised Lazarus from the dead! There are many times when things seem hopeless. We still face suffering and death in this world. The story of Lazarus shows us that Jesus’ love is greater than any of our problems, stronger even than death! During Lent, we have been battling our sinfulness and renewing our trust in God’s love. Today’s Gospel strengthens our hope in eternal life. As Jesus raised Lazarus, he wants to raise us from our failures and sins, to give us a share in the victory of the cross. Lent isn’t over yet! It’s not too late for us to draw even closer to the Lord. With God, it’s never too late.
 
Discussion questions
 
1.What happens when Jesus hears about his friend Lazarus?
2.How does Jesus show his love for Martha, Mary, and Lazarus?
3.How does Jesus bring his friend Lazarus back to life?
 
 Praying after Communion
 

After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. It’s never too late to receive your love and forgiveness. It's never too late to thank you for your gifts. By the power of this Eucharist, help me to bring hope to those who suffer. Amen.
 
This week…
 
Receiving forgiveness
 
This week, it is not too late for you to receive God's forgiveness through the sacrament of reconciliation. If you have never received this sacrament before, ask your catechism teacher or parish Priest about it.
 
Being born to new life
 
Easter falls on April 16 this year. You might have already noticed some signs of new life around you since spring started.
 
Maze Puzzle

 

 
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