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Reflection Fifth Sunday in Lent; Reflections on John 11: 1-45

Louise, CND Associate

Photo: Marie-Claire Dugas

In this Gospel reading we are to see ourselves in Lazarus and his two sisters. Jesus uses this miracle of restoring physical life to show us that, if we truly believe and trust in Him, He will give us eternal Life. Much hope is offered to us in Psalm 23, ' The Lord Our Shepherd'.

Jesus' weeping for Lazarus is not only for His love for him but for each and every one of us when He grieves over our sinfulness. We have come to know Jesus as a very merciful God. His love for us shines through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead when He conquers death forever. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for His friends.

Martha and Mary blamed Jesus for not being there to save their brother. How often do we wish for Jesus to save our loved ones from death or grant us our wishes immediately? But Jesus said to Martha, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” This question reminds us that God is a Good Shepherd who cares deeply about us, in our sorrows, just the way He comforted the sisters of Lazarus. If we put our trust in Him, He promised to be with us in our valleys as well as on our mountains. Many times in the Gospels we are told, “Be not afraid”. If only we could remember to “Let Go and Let God” work His purpose in our lives would we learn to be His children. Children of the Light!!

When Jesus asked to have the stone moved from Lazarus' tomb, Martha hesitated due to fear of the smell. Still Jesus prompted her to believe in God's glory. Failure to confess our sins and roll away our stones will result in our broken relationship with our Lord and Savior. Lent is a proper time to meet Jesus face to face in the confessional box and open ourselves up to His saving Graces. He longs to meet us there. Have a Happy Easter everyone!


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