It is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. We enter into the two weeks called Passiontide. The stakes are running high, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, to a supposed end but truly to His Resurrection as well. The stakes are high for each one of us as we grapple with our various crosses, not least the threat of the coronavirus. But ultimately of course we know that our trust is warranted in the Lord. He will not let us down. He is our Resurrection and our Life.

Lazarus in today’s Gospel has laid in his tomb for four days. Jesus arrives somewhat belatedly, especially according to Mary “(She) went to Jesus, and as soon as she saw him she threw herself at his feet, saying, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”[1]

Jesus lifted up his eyes and said:
“Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer. I knew indeed that you always hear me, but I speak for the sake of all these who stand round me, so that they may believe it was you who sent me.”
When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice,

 “Lazarus, here! Come out!”

The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’ Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did believed in him.[2]

The Lord has set us free too. Through our Baptism we have entered into the tomb but we know that Christ is our Life and Resurrection. So amidst the uncertainties of our lives, especially as this time, we can call upon the Risen Lord to sustain us. We have only to ask.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Jn. 11:32

[2] Jn.11:43-45