Here we are celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Lent already! We might ask ourselves how our spiritual preparation for Easter is going. There are still many opportunities for spiritual enrichment; please take a look at the Lenten Schedule for this week. I would especiallylike to emphasize two opportunities for spiritual enrichment: 1) the Lenten Penance Liturgy this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM at Saints Peter and Paul Church site (Saint Dominic Parish), and 2) Stations of the Cross this Friday at 6:30 PM led by the Youth of our Parish.
This Sunday we celebrate the Third Scrutiny with our Elect, Morgan Higgins. As we hear the Gospel passage about the raising of Lazarus, we reflect upon life and death. The Elect throughout the Church preparing for the sacraments of Initiation, as well as all of us, examine our hearts to see how we have chosen to follow the Lord of Life, how we have made life-giving choices, and how we have failed to do so. And, once again, we pray, “Lord, have mercy.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Lazarus, come out!” He then says, “Untie him, and let him go free.” Just as Lazarus was bound in the burial cloths of death, so, too, we are sometimes “bound” by our own thoughts, words, and actions which prevent us from living the life to which Jesus calls us. Today is the day to let go of past hurts, resentments, refusals to forgive, judging others, “grinding the same axe” over and over again, feelings of “getting even” or “showing them a thing or two,” or hanging onto the blinders that prevent us from seeing things from different points of view. Daily, Christ calls us to new life. Daily we make a choice to be people of prayer, love, compassion, unity, and a life-giving presence to all who cross our paths. If we choose to do otherwise, we become an unattractive people who neither reflect Christ’s presence to others nor create a life-giving environment which people want to be a part of. Let us pray for the grace that we may be “pro-life” when it comes to our discipleship and our parish: pro-life in our thoughts, words, and actions.
Blessings on your Lenten Journey!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ