5th Sunday of Lent Year A

Published on 27 Mar 2017
Stained glass depicting Mary, Martha and Lazarus dining with Jesus, St Botolph, Aldgate

By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, Your Son handed himself over to death.

I shall put my spirit in you and you shall live.

First Reading Ezekiel 37: 12–14

The Spirit of God has made his home in you.

Second Reading Romans 8: 8-11

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 129

I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me… will never die. Do you believe this?

Gospel John 11: 1-45

As we journey further into Lent, we accompany Jesus into a gathering darkness, but Jesus never leaves us there. As the darkness deepens, Jesus recalls and offers us glimmers of light and hope from his tradition; glimmers that nourish and sustain him, and that confirm his confidence in the covenant fidelity of his beloved Abba.

I try to focus my thoughts and desires on God, present with me now, and continuing to call me to live the values Christ teaches through his Holy Spirit who dwells in me.

I read the prayer once or twice, pondering its meaning and speaking to the Lord about the desires it inspires in me. I notice any selfishness or ‘darkness’ of sin in my own life to which God draws my attention, and I humbly ask for his merciful forgiveness and healing.

I reflect on this world of ours with all its pain, needs, and brokenness and hold it before the Cross of Christ who died to bring new life and hope to all peoples. I ask for the grace to bear any personal suffering with patience and love in union with Jesus, my Saviour.