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Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 6, 2014

JMJ

Blessed Sunday!

Our Lenten season has undergone yet another shift.
Today we enter Passiontide, a somber time as we enter more deeply into Jesus’ sacrifice,
the time when statues and crosses are covered with violet cloth.

Entrance Antiphon:
Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless.
From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for You, O God, are my strength.

Collect:

By Your help, we beseech You, Lord our God,
may we walk eagerly in that same charity
with which, out of love for the world,
Your Son handed Himself over to death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Ezekiel 37:12-14 (God will bring us out of our graves and give us His Spirit)
Psalm 130:1-8 “With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption
Romans 8:8-11 (God’s Spirit dwells in us and gives us life)
+John 11:1-45 (Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead)

It was
because
God raised the dead
that we sent Him to join them.

We didn’t want the life
He came to give.

We loved the pleasures
of the flesh
(that kept us dead in sin)
too much.

This is the day
we sealed His fate,
the day He hid Himself
to make us wait
until the feast
to make of Him
the Sacrifice
that burst the grave.

Thanks be to God,
He always stays

a step ahead of us.

What pleasures are keeping me from answering Jesus’ command to come forth from the grave of sin,
from fully living my Baptismal birthright of life in Christ?

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