Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 6, 2014



Below, you'll find a reflection for today, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, by Jim Dinn from Pax Christi USA's Lenten reflection booklet from 1999. 




By Jim Dinn


Ezekiel 37:12-14 | Romans 8:8-11 | John 11:1-45


The account of the raising of Lazarus offers little interest for twentieth century non-believers. Such readers are curious about the death experience and hunger for details about what, if anything, lies beyond death. They are fascinated by stories of near-death experiences. They wonder about what Lazarus sees and remembers. They want to hear in his words how it all felt.


The author of the fourth gospel has a different agenda. The raising from the tomb is narrated in three brief sentences with few details and no revelations from another world. The text offers no gasp of amazement from the onlookers, no cry of recognition from the sisters, no embrace of the revived brother, no word of gratitude to Jesus. From Lazarus there is not a single syllable. Scarcely a best-seller treatment....


To read the entire reflection, click here.

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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