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5th Sunday of Lent A
April 6, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Release from the Tombs

What was irretrievably dead would live again. What looked final was not. What seemed finished had only just begun. As Ezekiel prophesied over the valley of bones, even a people as good as dead could hope in the living God.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Eyes of Faith

The eternal life that Jesus gives his followers does not abolish death but rather transcends it. To continue to believe this firmly is the challenge posed to the survivors by each believer’s death.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Peter Chrysologus

For Christ it was more important to conquer death than to cure disease. He showed his love for his friend not by healing him but by calling him back from the grave.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The evangelist has placed the raising of Lazarus at a crucial point in Jesus’ career. It occasions his final journey to Judea and Jerusalem, and the sensation created by Lazarus’ resuscitation sets in motion the events that will lead to the Crucifixion.