Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A)
The first two readings this Sunday (Ezekiel 37:12-14 and Romans 8:8-11) help us to better understand the Gospel narrative according to Saint John Both readings point out that only the Spirit of God gives life, transforming our realities to sanctify it. The death of Lazarus (John 11:1-45), a friend of Jesus, at first appears to be a story of grief and pain. However, as the sisters of Lazarus grieve for the death of their brother, the Lord comes to transform their grief into hope, and death into life. This is the third theme that accompanies the elect on their journey to initiation. It is the sign that accompanies us in our preparation for the celebration of Holy Week. The Church awaits our participation in the living water that quenches our thirst, the light that heals our blindness for the pain of our neighbor, and the celebration of everlasting life. These are the signs that anticipate the celebration of the Paschal Mystery during the Triduum, which includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. 

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