Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year A
Theme: THE RAISING OF LAZARUS….. “I am the resurrection”
By: Fr. Johannes VILAR
Homily for Sunday March 29 2020
Today, the Church presents us with a great miracle: Jesus resurrects a defunct that had been dead for several days.
Lazarus’ resurrection is a “prognostication” of that of Christ, which we are soon going to commemorate. Jesus tells Martha that He is the «resurrection» and life (cf. Jn 11:25). He asks all of us: «Do you believe this?» (Jn 11:26). Do we believe that God has given us a new life through the Baptism? St. Paul says that we are a new creation (cf. 2Cor 5:17). This resurrection is the foundation of our hope, which is not based upon an uncertain, future and false utopia, but upon a fact: «The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!» (Lk 24:34).
Jesus says to them: «Untie him and let him go» (Jn 11:44). Redemption has liberated us from the chains of sin that we were all suffering from. Pope Leo the Great said: «Mistakes were defeated, authority mastered and the world gained a new start. Because if we share in his sufferings we will also share in his glory (cf. Rom 8:17). This gain is not only prepared for those smashed in the name of the Lord, by those godless. Because all those who serve God and live in Him are crucified in Christ, and in Christ they will receive the crown».
We, Christians, are called to live in our earth this new supernatural life that allows us to get credit for our luck: Always ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks us for a reason for our hope! (cf. 1Pet 3:15). It is logical that these days we try to follow Jesus Master closely. Traditions as the Via Crucis, the meditation of the mysteries of Rosary, the texts of the Gospels, all this… may and must be a great help for us.
Our hope is also deposited in Mary, Jesus Christ’s Mother and also our Mother, who, in turn, is an icon of hope: at the foot of the Cross she awaited against all hope and was associated with the deeds of her Son.
Fr. Johannes VILAR