Saturday, April 01, 2017
5th SUNDAY OF LENT
April 2, 2017 - 5th SUNDAY OF LENT
Ez 37: 12- 14 I Rom 8: 8- 11 I Jn 11: 1 – 45
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 11: 17- 27, 29- 44
When Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. As Bethany is near Jerusalem, about two miles away, many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to offer consolation at their brother's death.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him while Mary remained sitting in the house. And she said to Jesus, "If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you." Jesus said, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha replied, "I know that he will rise in the resurrection, at the last day." But Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection; whoever believes in me, though he die, shall live. Whoever is alive by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Martha then answered, "Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world." ...
As for Mary, when she came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews also who had come with her, he was moved in the depths of his spirit and troubled. Then he asked, "Where have you laid him?" They answered, "Lord, come and see." And Jesus wept.
The Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "If he could open the eyes of the blind man, could he not have kept this man from dying?"
Jesus was deeply moved again and drew near to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across it. Jesus ordered, "Take the stone away." Martha said to him, "Lord, by now he will smell, for this is the fourth day." Jesus replied, "Have I not told you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" So they removed the stone.
Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you for you have heard me. I knew that you hear me always; but my prayer was for the sake of these people, that they may believe that you sent me." When Jesus had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips and his face wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go."
When Jesus said that "he was the resurrection," he was claiming that he was the source of all life; he was claiming that he was divine. Jesus does more than give life; he is life and therefore death has no ultimate power over him. And he assures life to those who believe in him. He promises them eternal life.
Martha proclaimed her faith in Jesus: "Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."
The resurrection of Lazarus foreshadowed the resurrection of Jesus, except that it was the mortal life of Lazarus which was restored; Lazarus would die again. In the resurrection of Jesus, he conquered death; through his resurrection he has invited all of us to rise also to eternal life with him, "Whoever believes in me, though he die, shall live."
Do we believe these words of Jesus? When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he told the people to remove the stone at the tomb so Lazarus could come out. Similarly we ask the Lord to remove from in front of us those things which keep us from a full life with Christ: this is what faith is all about - to remove whatever hinders us in allowing Jesus to be the Lord of our life.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
LYDIA JAVIER REYES
MA. JENNILENE O. MANIBAY
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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