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Readings

Ezekiel 37:12-14

Romans 8:8-11

John 11:1-45

 

Calendar

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

April 4: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

April 6: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

April 7: World Health Day (http://bit.ly/2mZDIxW)

April 7: International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda in 1994

April 9: Palm Sunday, start of Holy Week

 

Readings

Ezekiel 37:12-14

Romans 8:8-11

John 11:1-45

 

Calendar

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

April 4: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

April 6: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

April 7: World Health Day (http://bit.ly/2mZDIxW)

April 7: International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda in 1994

April 9: Palm Sunday, start of Holy Week

 

Quotes

Whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia, or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where people are treated as mere instruments of gain rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others like them are infamies indeed. They poison human society, and they do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are a supreme dishonor to the Creator.

— Second Vatican Council, Gaudium Et Spes, 27

There is a growing awareness of the sublime dignity of human persons, who stand above all things and whose rights and duties are universal and inviolable. They ought, therefore, to have ready access to all that is necessary for living a genuinely human life: for example, food, clothing, housing … the right to education, and work…

— Second Vatican Council, Gaudium Et Spes, 26

The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.

— John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, 1

We incarnate the duty of hearing the cry of the poor when we are deeply moved by the suffering of others. Let us listen to what God’s word teaches us about mercy, and allow that word to resound in the life of the Church.

— Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 193

Exposure to atmospheric pollutants produces a broad spectrum of health hazards, especially for the poor, and causes millions of premature deaths.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 20

Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death…

— Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 215

Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 240

 

 

Thoughts for Your Consideration

The scriptures today are about life and about death.
In the midst of a world with so much death, we believe in a God of life.
In the scripture from Ezekiel, God says “I will put my spirit in you that you may live.”

Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus.
We too have so many deaths to weep over:

 

 

Jesus says to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life.”  Our contemporary world needs a God that will address all this “death” with a vision of resurrection and life:

 

 

We are called to hear the call of God and implement God’s vision of life. Jesus says: “Lazarus, come out.” Jesus says to those around him: “Untie him and let him go.”  Our contemporary world needs a confident voice that will invite us out of our tombs and into freedom – freedom from the culture of violence, death, racism, discrimination, debt, revenge, and blindness – freedom to respond to the needs of others and let go of everything that keeps us from being fully alive.

 

 

Questions for Reflection in Your Faith Sharing Group

When have you wept in the face of death?

When have you wept over the experience of death and suffering in the world beyond the circle of your family and friends?

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When have you had an experience of someone affirming life in the midst of death and suffering?

 

 

Stories

Parable of the ducks: http://bit.ly/2mzV6y1 

There is a town where only ducks live. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church.  They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, and then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible. (Ducks, like all other creatures on earth, seem to have their own special version of Scriptures.) He reads to them: “Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fences can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings and you can fly like birds!”

All the ducks shouted, “Amen!” And they all waddled home.

 

 

Actions—Links 

Jesuit Refugee Service

 

 

International Rescue Committee

 

 

Ecological Life and Death

 

 

 

 

“Crazy Facts”

 

 

Prayers of Intercession

Response: God, give us resurrection and new life.

For all who have died from war, terrorism and other forms of violence, we pray….

For all those who have died from or been injured in natural disasters, we pray….

For all those who are dying from a lack of food, or good water, or proper medical care, we pray…

For our environment which has been stressed and even “killed” by our abuse and overuse, we pray….

For all those who are on death row, we pray….

For all those who live in fear of violence, we pray….

For all those who are bound up by unjust political and economic systems, we pray….

For all those who are imprisoned, we pray….

 

 

Prayer – Meditation 

Peace is possible, peace is a duty,
peace is a prime responsibility of everyone!

May the dawn of the third millennium see the coming
of a new era in which respect for every man and woman
and fraternal solidarity among peoples
will, with God’s help, overcome
the culture of hatred, of violence, of death.

— John Paul II, Urbi et Orbi 1999 Easter Message

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We pray for these things with humility;

We pray because of the hope that is within us,

and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;

We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.

We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.

 

— A Prayer for World Peace” by Jane Goodall (the full prayer can be found here: http://bit.ly/2nl6hZZ)

 

 

Images

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Fifth Sunday of Lent [a]

April 2, 2017

Date Added: March 24, 2017

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