Fifth Sunday of Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters
The theme of this Sunday is expressed in the second reading today, from the Letter to the Romans: If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you.
There are lots of people who believe in an afterlife, but it is purely spiritual. Our belief as Catholics and as those who have received
the teaching of Jesus is that our resurrection is aresurrection of the body.A resurrection of the whole person, body, soul and spirit. This is important because of how we live now. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we honor our bodies and recognize that we are a unity of body, soul and spirit.
The Gospel of John wants us to be very clear: Lazarus is completely dead. There is no other way to understand this miracle. It is not as though Lazarus wassimply asleep, or Lazarus was in a coma. No, Lazarus is dead, completely dead. Yet Jesus brings Lazarus back to life, completely.

In today’s readings we see Jesus fully human in every aspect of His being and yet also fully God and Lord of all. This account of the raising of Lazarus is preparing us for Good Friday, even though we still can resist the idea of Jesus dying for us, Jesus dying because He loves us. We are already walking to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Let us keep our eyes and our hearts open so that we can embrace more fully these incredible mysteries of God’s love for us!
Father Jesus