Fifth Sunday in Lent – A – April 2, 2017
The Resurrection of Lazarus
Why did Jesus take his time to visit Lazarus? To reveal his glory. Why does he take his time answering our needs? Can you guess the answer?
FIRST READING Ezekiel told a despondent people to have faith. Even though they felt death surrounded them, YHWH would revive their fortunes, as if bones would regain flesh and would come alive again.
PSALM Psalm 130 was a song that sought forgiveness from God, both on the individual and national level.
SECOND READING In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul proposed the ancient equivalent of a life insurance policy, but not for this life, but for eternal life. It is a life in the Spirit, a life that requires a daily commitment.
GOSPEL John 11 presented the famous story of Lazarus' resurrection. Jesus was late to the reach the family, but his timing was impeccable. Because of the miracle, many became followers.
DAILY READINGS for the the Fourth Week in Lent.
CHILDREN'S READINGS In the story for the first reading, Jonathan traveled all night in his car, but was too tired to even eat breakfast. He was like the audience Ezekiel addressed. They were tired, but God had other plans. In the story for the gospel, Jasmine wasted a rainy day just because she felt sorry for herself, just because she could not see beyond the clouds. The family and mourners of Lazarus could not see beyond the clouds and see the power of God in Jesus.
CATECHISM LINK In this week's Catechism Link, we look at the Resurrection.
FAMILY ACTIVITY The raising of Lazarus is one of the most dramatic stories in the gospel. Reenact the story with your family, as a way to challenge faith and pray to Jesus.