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Mar. 29, 2020 - 5th Sunday of Lent

"I trust in the Lord; My soul trusts in His word. For with the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption." Psalm 130:5 , 7



Reflection

by Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB


Have you ever felt locked in a cave of your own doing? A cave of doubt, or fear or anger or unforgiveness? It can happen too often that we are bound up and not free. When this happens, we need to fall on our knees at the feet of Jesus. We need to hear Jesus say to us: “Take away the stone,” as he did when he came to the tomb of Lazarus in today’s Gospel.


Let us hear the words of Jesus in our own hearts and souls what he said to Lazarus. “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.”


As we move into this Fifth Week of Lent, may our hearts be open to Jesus’ invitation to new life. “Untie ______ (Put your own name.) and let him/her go.” Let us experience the amazing freedom of the sons and daughters of God. Let us not be shackled no longer by our petty attitudes of selfishness and careless thoughtless-ness. Now is the time, this is the day, for you to step into the freedom that is in Christ Jesus. Roll away the stone.

“If you wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.” Rule of Benedict:Prologue 22


Gospel Acclamation

"I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;

whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die."

John 11:25a, 26