5th Sunday of Lent (April 10)

Reflection for Penitential Rite: For us, death is not an end but a beginning. We seek God’s compassion for our failure to believe, our lack of hope, our forgetfulness of those in mourning.

Reflection for Penitential Rite: For us, death is not an end but a beginning. We seek God’s compassion for our failure to believe, our lack of hope, our forgetfulness of those in mourning.

Liturgy of the Word:

1st Reading: In the first reading, a prophet has a life-giving message for the people. They will be filled with the spirit of God.

2nd Reading: In the second reading, Paul tells us that the Spirit of God frees us from the death of sin and enables us to live in Christ. We enjoy this new life on earth and will enjoy it forever in heaven.

Gospel: In the Gospel, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, symbolizing that Jesus himself is the true resurrection and the life.

Reflection on the Readings: Death appears to be an absolute parting. But we believe that we shall be raised and live forever through Jesus Christ. As death was not the end for Jesus, it is not the end for us.

Reflection for Offertory: Today we sit with Jesus in silence and assure him we know he is our everlasting life which he shares with us through the Bread and Wine.

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