Fifth Sunday of Lent
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 11:1-45.
Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.
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."
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
He said this, and then told them, "Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him."
So the disciples said to him, "Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved."
But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
So then Jesus said to them clearly, "Lazarus has died.
And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him."
So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go to die with him."
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."
When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, "The teacher is here and is asking for you."
As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him.
For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him.
So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled,
and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Sir, come and see."
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, "See how he loved him."
But some of them said, "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?"
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, "Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?"
So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent 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."
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.
The words of the priest
Lent is the time when the church helps the catechumor to prepare for the baptism and the baptized faithfuls who once again reflect on their church life. The church has long emphasized the close relationship between the Baptism and the resurrection of Jesus. St. Paul's apostles wrote to the faithful of Rome, saying, "Do not you know that we have been baptized to Christ Jesus, that is baptized to His death? We have been baptized with death That is how Christ is raised from the dead by the glory of the Father and how we live in the new life.If we have joined Him with death through Him, Of the resurrection combined with Him. "Therefore, the early church is usually given a grant on the Lord's day. At the beginning of the fourth century, the Catholic Church became the state religion of Rome, and the people who converted to Christ suddenly increased. On the eve of Jesus' Eve, it became the most solemn grant of the year. Thus, during Lent, the reading of the Mass in the Mass, and the Sacraments of the Baptism have a direct or indirect relationship.
Today is the fifth day of Lent. The theme of reading today is the resurrection of the flesh. The gospel narrates the resurrection of the death of the brothers of the two sisters of Mary and Malta. In this story we all familiar with, there are two prominent plot. One is the dialogue between Jesus and Malta, and the other is the sadness of Jesus in the front of the tomb of the Zalong, and the highest peak of this story is the resurrection of Lazarus.
It was dead and buried for four days, and when he heard the loud call of Jesus, he came out of the grave. "Hand and foot wrapped around the cloth, his face wrapped in cloth." St. Oscar in the Lazarus who recognized the crime of fallen man. As Razhu was buried in the grave for four days, the body also wrapped around the cloth, the human beings have been guilty like a cloth wrapped around. The fate of the perpetrator was death, but Jesus, who was raised from the dead, gave mankind new life and made mankind from the bondage of sin. Jesus calls us the name of each person, and let us "come out"! Life, we always have not free place, subject to a lot of things dominated, like Lazarus is a cloth can not be wrapped around the monster; the face of the sweat so that we can not see the direction, I do not know what life or where To live in the same environment as the grave, the cold is not angry, no warm, no love. Only the call of Christ can make us wake up. On the other hand, let us also pray for those who have lost faith, listen to Jesus summoning us to help Him: "untie him and let him walk!" Jesus also borrows our hands to restore others