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Archbishop Thomas Wenski's Key Note address at the 2017 Marriage Summit

Archbishop Thomas Wenski's Key Note address at the 2017 Marriage Summit

At Mass at Marriage Summit

At Mass at Marriage Summit

‘You can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’

‘You can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’

Celebrating the ‘Marist spirit’, family style

Celebrating the ‘Marist spirit’, family style

At Mass at CRS Board meeting in Baltimore, MD

At Mass at CRS Board meeting in Baltimore, MD

Lent: a time of spiritual battle

Lent: a time of spiritual battle

Bishops speak on immigration, health care

Bishops speak on immigration, health care

Respect life office back in Miami Gardens

Respect life office back in Miami Gardens

Over 200 priests to join Archbishop Wenski for 2017 Chrism Mass

Over 200 priests to join Archbishop Wenski for 2017 Chrism Mass

Holy Triduum with Archbishop Wenski

Holy Triduum with Archbishop Wenski

Archbishop Thomas Wenski to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass

Archbishop Thomas Wenski to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass

U.S. Bishops release video to help immigrants know their rights

U.S. Bishops release video to help immigrants know their rights

Cath·o·hól·ic

Fr. Bob Tywoniak

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Fifth Sunday of Lent : April 2, 2017

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.”

The above is the cry that wells up from today’s psalm! In the Gospel comes Jesus’s response. “Lazarus, come out!”

The author of the psalm (130) was alive and feeling lonely when he called out to God. In the “old” Latin we called this De Profundis. From the very depths of our depression and longing we cry out. But, here is the question. Are we always confident God will redeem us, even from the grave?!

Ezekiel (1st reading) delivers God’s promise, “I will open your graves…and bring you back to the Land of Israel.” God is assuring the people He will bring them freedom just as miraculously as the dead will rise from their graves.

Saint Paul (2nd reading) says we are all in the Spirit if we believe in Jesus Christ. It is the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. It will give all mortal bodies life! Paul pushes us to trust in the Spirit.

In John’s gospel, the Lazarus story confronts us with the ultimate test of faith. The test is believing in life even in the face of death. It seems Jesus delays his going to see Lazarus until he died. Is this a deliberate act to test the faith of his friends?

Jesus welcomes Lazarus’ death as an opportunity to display God’s glory. It is a teaching moment. It gives Martha the chance to give witness in faith, “…I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” And, further, “I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

The Gospel author, John, is highlighting what the early Christian community knew and understood. Jesus Christ did truly die and rise and ascend to the Father. Moreover, the early Christians knew they might be asked to die for their faith in Christ. Would they?

  • So, again the question, are you confident God will redeem you from the grave?!
  • Do you know the faith and will you live by it?

The question is in the promise.

  • Do we not always question when a promise is made?
  • How does a spouse know the other will be faithful, until death causes the parting?
  • How does the community know the priest will faithfully confect the sacraments for them until they see he has done so up to the time he dies?

Promises are made. Will the promises be kept?

The answer only comes in the form of an act of faith. The faith comes with the evidence of what has already taken place. As you question and cry out from the depths of doubt to the Lord, you must put your trust in God that He will do what He says. “Lazarus, come out!”

Fr. Bob Tywoniak
Pastor

Moved to praise the Lord

April 2, 2017

87. When we can see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures and to worship him in union with them.

This sentiment finds magnificent expression in the hymn of Saint Francis of Assisi:

Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day and through whom you give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
and bears a likeness of you, Most High.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather
through whom you give sustenance to your creatures.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night,
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.”

Source : Laudato Si'

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