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5th Sunday of Lent
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33B-45
ˈI am the resurrection and the life. Whoever lives and believes in me will never
believe this, Martha?ˉ Martha answered,
ˈI have come to believe
that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.ˉ
There are so many dark areas in our private life. We often bind ourselves with
chains of addiction to alcohol, drugs, sexual deviations, slander, gossip, envy,
prejudices, hatred and uncontrollable anger and bury ourselves in the tombs of
despair. Sometimes we are in the tomb of selfishness, filled with negative feel-
ings such as worry, fear, resentment, hatred, and guilt. Also, we live in a world
that is filled with death.
We kill each other in acts
of murder, abortion,
euthanasia, execution,
war and terrorist activi-
ties. We kill ourselves
through suicide, drug
and alcohol abuse,
stress, bad eating hab-
its, and physical neglect.
We watch calmly as oth-
ers die from poverty,
hunger and malnutrition,
homelessness, unem-
ployment, poor educa-
tion, disease, child
abuse, arms prolifera-