Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 29, 2020
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice!
— Psalm 130:1
Dear Parish Family,
Probably like many of you, the only times I’ve seen names of family members and friends in the newspaper has been in the obituary section. The only newsworthy thing they did was die.
Today we are introduced to a man named Lazarus. He is only mentioned in John’s gospel twice. Today’s gospel is the first time, the time of his death. The second time is when Jesus visited him after raising him from the dead. If it hadn’t been for his death, and new life by Jesus, we would have never heard of Lazarus.
While most of us are not well known outside of family, friends and school/work, we are very important and well known in the eyes of our Lord. Our names may never be in the newspaper, but they are written in the heart of Him who wishes to give us new life, a new life which is different than that which He gave to Lazarus in the gospel. That new life was only temporary because Lazarus would die again. The new life which Jesus wants to give us is the same new and eternal life He received from His Father and ours.
Speaking of new life, let us continue to pray that we will soon receive the new life of a revitalized community of faith once the COVID-19 prohibitions are lifted, when we can once again enjoy our vibrant liturgies together at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
In the Word,
First Reading — Thus says the Lord GOD: I will open your graves, have you rise from them, and settle you on your land. Then you shall know I am the LORD, O my people! (Ezekiel 37:12-14).
Psalm — With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption (Psalm 130).
Second Reading — If Christ is in you, the spirit is alive even if the body is dead because of sin (Romans 8:8-11).
Gospel — Lazarus, dead for four days, came out of his tomb when Jesus called his name (John 11:1-45 [3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45]).
Readings for the Week
Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 [41c-62]; Ps 23:1-6; Jn 8:1-11
Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3, 16-21; Jn 8:21-30
Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3:52-56; Jn 8:31-42
Thursday: Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-9: Jn 8:51-59
Friday: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-7; Jn 10:31-42
Saturday: Ez 37:21-28; Jer 31:10, 11-13; Jn 11:45-56
Sunday: Mt 21:1-11 (procession); Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14 — 27:66 [27:11-54]