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March 28, 2017
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Lent

Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Reading I : Ezekiel 37:12-14

I will put my spirit in you.

  • The reading from Ezekiel is part of a longer vision of the movement from death to new life.
  • Ezekiel was preaching to the exiles in Babylon who were convinced that as a people, they were dead.
  • Ezekiel understood that the power of life belonged to God alone.

Reading II : Romans 8:8-11

You are in the Spirit.

  • In the second reading, Paul stresses that life in the Spirit is the true life that Jesus came to bring.
  • The death of Jesus led to the gift of everlasting life for those who believe in him.
  • The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in believers and will also bring their death-bound bodies to life.

Gospel : John 11:1-45

I am the resurrection and the life.

  • The story of Lazarus is a drama that plays between two understandings of life and death.
  • Jesus announces that he himself is the Resurrection. Lazarus, though raised, will die again. This is different from the Resurrection of Christ.
  • Lazarus rises again to this present earthly life. This miracle is a sign of the greatest miracle of all, resurrection.