Reflection from Fr. Taylor: April 2, 2017, 5th Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37:12-14   Romans 8:8-11   John 11:3-45

In our continuing stories on faith Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. It is one of the most amazing of miracles that Jesus ever performed. In order to really understand this story we have to see Martha and Mary. Remember the focus is on faith and trust. Many sorrows in life catch us at a time when we are never prepared and don’t anticipate for it. Nothing is as dramatic as sudden death, but everything about our faith tells us that death is never the end of the story.

The real issue is how we are living today. Does our life know and anticipate this? The world tells us to live for today, tomorrow, and the next day with no real plans for the future. Each Sunday in this Lent Jesus has been leading us to take another step forward in faith. As He did with Martha and Mary He brings us along gradually even if we stop, He waits for us to catch up.

You may recall with the death of your own loved ones that healing from this can often be a long and complicated process. That is why the whole faith community is involved in the Liturgy of the Resurrection. Not only do we have an opportunity to reassure the grieving family, but it is a time to pledge our renewal in faith. Death is always swallowed up in the victory of life.

As we come nearer to the end of Jesus’ journey road toward Jerusalem, the focus is on you and me. Where are we in all of this? So many things around us seem to say death, hate, and despair, but in all of this we have to be bearers of hope, love, and trust. It is not always easy, but it is worth every effort. The Lord would never have given us the challenge if He had believed that we could not succeed.

As we finish these last weeks of Lent we lift up the cross, the cross of our salvation. But we also keep in mind that it is a cross all about life. The life that you and I always have as a pledge from the Lord.


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