Fifth Sunday of Lent

It is hard to believe that we are already at the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Next week will be Palm Sunday. During the 9:30am Mass this weekend we will have the Third Scrutiny. I would encourage each of you to carefully re-read the Gospel story of the Raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-40) would really encourage all of you to really take time to scrutinize your life. Are there still sinful patterns that bind you that prevent you from living your life in Christ to the full? This is the week to really and seriously confront them. As we read this Gospel story may we experience the command of Jesus “unbind him and let him go”.

This is also an important time to reflect on the depth of our faith in Jesus Christ and Martha the Sister of Lazarus is a woman of deep faith in Jesus Christ.

“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.” (John 11:23-27)

Finally one of the shortest lines in Sacred Scripture is found here in this Gospel story “Jesus Wept.” Why did Jesus weep? A commentary by John Bloom says:

“One reason is simply the deep compassion that Jesus felt for those who were suffering. It is true that by not speaking healing from a distance or by his delay in coming (John 11:6) he had let Lazarus die. Even though Jesus always chooses what will ultimately bring his Father the most glory (John 11:4)—and sometimes, as in this case, it requires affliction and grief—he does not take delight in the affliction and grief itself. No, Jesus is sympathetic (Hebrews 4:15) and we get a glimpse of how the Father feels over the affliction and grief his children experience.”

May this Holy Season of Lent truly be the holy time that places you so very close to Jesus Christ.

Fr. Brad