Friday, March 11, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--5th. Sunday Of Lent

Three verse are presented, again depending on which Gospel is proclaimed today.
If a man would serve me, let him follow me; wherever I am, my servant will be there too. 
John 12:26
To serve Christ is to follow Him. When doing His will, we are His servants and He is with us.
When the Lord saw the sisters of Lazarus in tears near the tomb, he wept in the presence of the Jews and cried: "Lazarus, come forth." And out he came, hands and feet bound, the man who had been dead for four days. 
John 11:33, 35, 43, 44, 39
This is used when the story of the raising of Lazarus is proclaimed (Cycle A). Freed from sin, freed from death, humanity is restored through the Word, the Lord Who is "the Resurrection and the Life".
"Woman, has no one condemned you?" - "No one, Lord." - "Neither do I condemn you; go and do not sin again." 
John 8:10, 11
This is used when we hear the Gospel about the woman about to be stoned for adultery (Cycle C). The words of mercy and forgiveness are spoken; this is what we experience in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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