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5th Sunday of LENT (March 29th 2020)
Our Gospel on this day, the fifth Sunday of Lent, is again taken from the Gospel according to John. The reading from John continues the break from Cycle A’s focus on the Gospel of Matthew. Today’s Gospel reading recounts another sign, or miracle, found in John’s Gospel, the raising of Lazarus. As our catechumens move closer to the celebration of their Baptisms at the Triduum, today’s reading invites us to reflect upon what it means to call Jesus the Resurrection and the life.
The context for the story of the raising of Lazarus is the Jewish leaders’ growing animosity toward Jesus. Jesus has been in Jerusalem, taking part in the feast of the Dedication, which we have come to know as Hanukkah. The people have been pressing him to declare plainly whether he is the Messiah. Jesus tells them to look to his works, which testify to his coming from God. Many do not believe Jesus, however, and some try to stone him for blasphemy.
Into this scene of confrontation, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, send word to Jesus that his friend is ill. Jesus is said to love Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, but he delays his journey for two days. The delay heightens the drama and shows Jesus’ obedience to God, who is to be glorified through Lazarus’s resurrection. When Jesus finally declares that he will journey to Bethany, his disciples fear for his life. Thomas declares that he and the other disciples should prepare to die with Jesus.
The scene described at Bethany is a sad one. Martha meets Jesus weeping and saying that if Jesus had been there, Lazarus would not have died. Yet she remains confident that God will do whatever Jesus asks. Martha affirms her belief that there will be a resurrection of the dead in the last days. Then Martha’s sister, Mary, comes to Jesus with the same confidence, saying that Jesus could have cured Lazarus. Jesus asks to be brought to Lazarus’s tomb where he prays and calls Lazarus out from the tomb. At this sign, many come to believe in Jesus, but others take word of the miracle to the Jewish authorities, who begin their plans for Jesus’ death.
Set against the backdrop of Jesus’ impending death, many elements of the raising of Lazarus foreshadow the good news of Jesus’ own Resurrection. Jesus, facing the conflict with the Jewish authorities, acts in complete obedience to God. In raising Lazarus, Jesus shows his power over death so that when Jesus dies, those who believe in him might remember that and take hope. Just as Jesus calls for the stone to be rolled away from Lazarus’s tomb, so too will the disciples find the stone rolled away from Jesus’ tomb.
With our catechumens preparing for their Baptism at Easter, the Gospel today calls us to reflect on Baptism as a dying and rising with Jesus. In Baptism we die to sin’s power over us, rising as children of God. In Baptism we join ourselves with Christ, who conquered death once and for all so that we who believe in him may have eternal life. With Martha and Mary, we are called to profess our belief that Jesus is indeed the Resurrection and the life.
Prayer to Saints Peter and Paul / Oración a San Pedro y San Pablo
Father in heaven, the light of Your revelation brought Peter and Paul the gift of faith in Jesus Your Son. Through their prayers may we always give thanks for Your life given us in Christ Jesus and for having been enriched by Him in all knowledge and love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Señor, Dios nuestro, tú que entregaste a la Iglesia las primicias de tu obra de salvación, mediante el ministerio apostólico de San Pedro y San Pablo, concédenos, por su intercesión y sus méritos, los auxilios necesarios para nuestra salvación. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo, que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo y es Dios por los siglos de los siglos. Amén
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Signs of abuse in children
Last week we discussed the importance of early identification in stopping abuse. This week, we’re looking at some of the signs of abuse that could help adults recognize whether children are in danger. These signs could include withdrawal from others, or a general mistrust of adults. A child who is being sexually abused may relate to others in a sexualized way, inappropriate for his or her age. He or she may suddenly refuse to go to school, or become very fearful of school, or the dark. Other signs that could indicate a child is being sexually abused include aggressive or secretive behavior. Keeping an eye out for these things can help an adult ask the right questions while serving as a trusted source of support and love for a child in need. For more signs, get a copy of the VIRTUS® article “A Step to Healing” at https://lacatholics.org/did-you-know/.
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Signos de abuso infantil
La semana pasada discutimos la importancia de la identificación temprana para detener el abuso infantil. Esta semana trataremos algunos de los signos de abuso que podrían ayudar a los adultos a reconocer si los niños están en peligro. Estos signos pueden incluir alejamiento de los demás, o una desconfianza general de los adultos. Un niño/a que está siendo abusado/a sexualmente puede que se relacione con los demás en una forma sexual, inapropiada para su edad. Repentinamente, él o ella pueden negarse a ir a la escuela, o tener mucho miedo de la escuela o de la oscuridad. Otras señales que pueden indicar que un niño/a está siendo abusado/a incluye agresividad o conducta secreta. Estar pendiente de estas señales puede ayudar a un adulto a hacer las preguntas correctas cuando sirve como una fuente de confianza y de amor de un/a niño/a necesitado/a. Para más signos, obtenga una copia del artículo de VIRTUS® “A Step to Healing” (Un paso hacia la sanación) en https://lacatholics.org/did-you-know/.
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Saint Peter’s Catholic Church was founded in the small town of Wilmington, California in 1865 by Bishop Thaddeus Amat, C.M., Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles. It was the twentieth year of the reign of Blessed Pope Pius IX. That year also saw the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
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