5th Sunday of Lent

Published on Mar 26th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

The Prophet Ezekiel announced to the people that the Lord God was ever faithful and true. No matter the suffering or struggles that they were undergoing, God listened to their cries. Thus, when Ezekiel, at the command of God says:  “Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live…” (Ch 37: 13ff) this proves to be the backdrop to the magnificent story of Jesus weeping at the tomb of Lazarus that we listen to in today’s Gospel from St. John. Just imagine, God weeping with and for a beloved friend! This portrait of our Savior depicts Jesus in all the fullness of His humanity. The story of Lazarus resonates so clearly with those of us who dare to listen because we have all experienced loss. To know with certainty that God not only listens to our cries, but indeed, sheds real tears with us! Such solace provides us with the comfort that only God can give.

Today, we complete the Third Scrutiny with our Catechumens as they prepare for being brought into full Communion with us at the Easter Vigil. The death and subsequent resuscitation of Lazarus challenges each of us to ask the question: “What keeps me dead?” A most serious question for us to consider; what keeps me from living my life to the fullest? What in my life keeps me from be vibrant in faith and enthusiastic in hope? We have all encountered individuals that are literally “waiting for death” rather than embracing each day as a precious gift from God. Let us not waste a moment lamenting what has passed but truly face each day with the excitement of the potential and possibilities that are placed before us. Life is precious, may we never take even a minute for granted. Remember, God does listen; He too experienced loss, get the Lord Jesus never gave up on His beloved Father. Even till the very end. Not even the brutality of the cross.

God Bless,
Father John