THE WORD OF GOD

The reading is from John’s Gospel:

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

So the sisters sent word to him, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Then after this he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” So Jesus came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, * I thank you for hearing me. And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

  • Lazarus who was dead is given life by Jesus. We, too, often dead through sin, are given life through the forgiveness of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Jesus has forgiven us many times. Am I willing to forgive those who have injured me?
  • Do I have the courage to face those whom I have injured and truly ask forgiveness?

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

God of all things living,

we thank you for dear friends, coworkers and relatives

who have died and whose lives have been a source of life and hope to us.

May Jesus, who is our Resurrection and Life, unite us all one day

in the peace and glory of the Kingdom. Amen

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WEEK

  • What can you do or say to a person who is grieving over the loss of a loved one?
  • Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” Think about how your life is enriched, or how you think it could be enriched because of Jesus.
  • Our Gospel story is one of love. Is there someone I love very much, but haven’t been in touch with lately? Contact them this week.
  • Think about your friends this week and pray for them each night.
  • Fast from withholding anger, feast on sharing feelings
  • Fast from pessimism, feast on optimism
  • Say a prayer for all the members of our Guest House community.
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