Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ezekiel 17:12-14, Psalm 130:1-8, Romans 8:8-11, John 11:1-45


I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die. Jn 11:25, 26

Ezekiel 17:12-14, Psalm 130:1-8, Romans 8:8-11, John 11:1-45

Ezekiel 17:12-14

My soul's beloved, You assure us that You can raise our soul dead in sin to new life in You just as surely as You promise us a Resurrection when we die to sin in Baptism and are raised to again to new life.You command and all You desire is accomplished by the power of Your Word.  You will give us Your Holy Spirits and we will live a life of grace and peace.  

Psalm 130:1-8

My soul's beloved, You are never far from the sound of our cry and when You hear You hasten to come to our aid. Thank You Beloved, that You never leave us orphaned, You never abandon us. As long as we keep our gaze on You we will be able to keep to the path that brings life and leads to peace. In You is always mercy and loving kindness. You forgive our sins and our transgressions when we repent. We can trust in Your Word for Your Word is Truth and Life and all who obey will be saved. Thank You for granting us forgiveness of sin in You.

Romans 8:8-11

My soul's beloved, through Baptism we have received a share in Your life for we are made One with You and we have received Your Holy Spirit who lives in us and gives life. Those who have not been baptized are still in the flesh and in the flesh no one can please God because sin corrupts the body. Without Your Spirit in us we would could not live. When we sin grievously we no longer have Your life in us and the Spirit is no longer active in us. But if You are in us through Your Spirit then although we may sin there is always the possibility of new life when we partake of the Sacrament of Reconciliation . You assure us that the same Spirit that raised You to life from the dead is the Spirit that dwells in us and with Him nothing is impossible to those who believe. Born into a life of grace through Baptism we will always have the Holy Spirit dwelling is us.

John 11:1-45

My soul's beloved, only God has power over life and death and in performing this miracle You once again proved definitively who You are, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Many came to believe in You after You performed this miracle. But there were many more who were even more determined to put You to death.  Mary says, "Lord, if you had been here,

my brother would not have died." She had not fully understood that You truly are God. 

We see in these verses Your human side. You were full of sadness and overwhelmed with sorrow when You saw how much Your friends grieved and You too wept. Then You lifted Your eyes to the Father and prayed - thanking Him for always hearing You, certain that He would grant You the power to raise Lazarus who had now been dead and buried for four days. In performing this miracle no one who witnessed it could doubt Your power, power that proved that You are God. You called out his name in a loud voice commanding him to come out of the grave and he did just that.

Restored to life You bid those who were present to untie him and let him go.  This is exactly what You do for us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation - You restore us to life and set us free to begin anew.

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