Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise.’ Martha said to him, ‘I I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day’ Jesus told her,
‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and in me will never die.’
I think that in many ways, the above statement by Jesus is among the most powerful in Saint John’s Gospel. It is indeed, the “Good News” that a suffering, weary world is waiting for, yearning for.
I feel, however, that these words give more than hope for eternal life, after death. For those of us weighed down by the life’s heavy burdens; we will rise! For those of us threatened by persecution and discrimination; we will rise! For those of us who are in depression and despair; we will rise! By the love and power of Christ; we will rise!
Since last Wednesday, “Ash Wednesday,” the Catholic Church, along with other Christian churches, began a 40 day period of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. This leads up to Holy Week, and the commemoration of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Today, the First Sunday of Lent, the sanctuary of our church is decorated in somber, purple; with no flowers. We process in, not with hymns, but chanting prayers, begging for God’s mercy; and for the intercession of the saints.
The scripture readings for today, first tell of how our first parents, gave into temptation, and brought sin and death into the world. Then we hear the Gospel, the “Good News,” of how Jesus resisted temptation, and began the journey that would lead to our liberation.
So how will we spend these days of Lent; will we intensify our spiritual lives? Will we “repent and believe the Good News?” Will we be lights to a world so threatened by darkness, by hate, and violence. Let us “prepare the way of the Lord, and be witnesses of the power of His Love!