HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR A.
THEME: Why death is so frightening? In fact, death is the way towards eternal life. This is what we believe. For Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Res. Psalm 129
Dear good friends in Christ, today we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent, meaning we are just one week away from the beginning of the Holy Week and two weeks more before we commemorate the glorious mysteries of Easter. As we celebrate todays liturgy, the questions to ask ourselves are; Why are we preparing to celebrate Easter? Why are we still Christians? Why are we here now and why are we going church for mass? Its because we believe that Jesus gives us life. We believe we have that life already by our Baptism. Delivery from bondage to sin and the devil is already a form of Resurrection from the dead.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
The prophet Ezekiel in the First Reading urges the exiled Israelite people in Babylon to look beyond the siege and destruction of Jerusalem to a new future, when God’s Spirit will restore their nation. God promises them a new life and they will be filled with the Spirit of God. The prophet Ezekiel offers hope for them who believe in the God of life.
*FROM OUR SECOND READING*
The apostle Paul in the Second Reading reminds the Roman Christians the power of God´s Spirit that will give life to their mortal bodies. He implies that this new life is not something that will start only on the last day, but is taking effect in their lives now. For this reason he encourages them to live now, according to the Spirit
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In the Gospel Reading of today, we have the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead, to bring him back to life, symbolizing that “Jesus himself is the resurrection and the life.” This miracle leads us to believe in resurrection and new life which exists in Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
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*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE LITURGY OF TODAY?*
The liturgy of today reminds us that, God Knows and Feels your Pain especially when we loose our beloved ones.The Gospel narrative tells us that when Jesus saw the tears of Mary and the mournful disposition of the people around, he wept. Why did Jesus weep, he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead anyway? Jesus wept to show us that he knows and feels our pains. The Psalmist says that God is near to the broken-hearted and saves those that are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).
My dear Brothers and sisters in Christ, this Sunday we enter into the period known as the Passiontide, traditionally known as the preparation to Passion Sunday, let us all therefore deepen our immersion into the penitential nature of this season of Lent, a time of preparation of our hearts and minds such that we may come into deeper understanding of the mystery of our faith, the love that God has for each and every one of us, and the acuteness of the sins and the wickedness that have afflicted us deep within our beings. Let us remember always that, Sin comes from our disobedience against God, from our rebellion against His will and the rejection of His love, and God has given us all the freedom to choose our path in life.
I wish everyone a Blessed Sunday and a fruitful week ahead.
May God bless you all.
Rev Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
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