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5th Sunday of Lent 2013

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina has been elected as our next Pope, Pope Francis!

Our Lenten journey is winding down as we enter the 5th Sunday of Lent.  For our Elect and Candidates, we prepare for the Third Scrutiny, and John's Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus. This is the culmination of our revelation about the Christ... the resurrection! Jesus shows us that through God, death itself can be beaten.:

The Word for the 3rd Scrutiny (5th Sunday of Lent Cycle A):
        Ezekiel 37:12-14
        Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
        Romans 8:8-11
        John 11:1-45

Our main readings for this cycle remind us of God's infinite ability to forgive - The root or our Sacrament of Reconciliation. Jesus recognizes that we all have sin, yet using both Jesus and God as our model, we come to discover the redemptive power of and healing that comes with forgiveness, both in giving it, and in accepting it.

4th Sunday ofLent 2013

For those attending the 2nd Scrutiny, we will be hearing the story of the man born blind from John's gospel... a story that uses the blindness of others to see that Jesus is the light:

The Word for the 2nd Scrutiny (4th Sunday of Lent Cycle A):
        1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
        Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
        Ephesians 5:8-14
        John 9:1-41

For those attending one of the regular Masses, we will be reading the story of the Prodigal Son... a parable unique to Luke's gospel. This popularity of this parable stands the test of time because the characters and their motivations ring true for so many of us, and yet we find it difficult to accept the conclusion:

The Word for the 4th Sunday of Lent:
        Joshua 5:9a, 10-12
        Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
        2 Corinthians 5:17-21
        Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Catholic Update:
Lenten Customs:  Baptism Is the Key