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Reading I: Ezekiel 37:12-14
Responsorial Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Reading II: Romans 8:8-11
Gospel: John 11:1-45

Jesus, won’t you cleanse our blind eyes? 
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

John 11:1-45

They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”

 Jesus wept.

 “Lazarus,  
  come out of there!”  

  And he did.

 “Death,
 now where
    is your sting?”

  Gentle Savior,

weep
 with us,
 and for us:

trapped
 in burial cloths,
with our hands tied,
when we are trafficked,
seized at borders,
homeless.

Or sick unto death.

Your passion
says,

“Untie them.
 Let them go free.”


THE FIRST READING

Ezekiel 37:12-14

I will put my spirit in you that you may live.
I have promised, and I will do it, says the Lord.

O Christ,
open up our graves.
Breathe your Holy Spirit
into our dry bones.

You promised that 
we would come to life
in you.


THE SECOND READING

Romans 8:8-11

You are in the spirit, if only
the Spirit of God dwells in you.

Spirit,
what would we have been
without you?

Days without sunlight,
kites with no
 wind.

Please,

shine on our flesh
and breathe on our souls.

Be the beginning and end
of all that we are
 and all that
we do.

Humbly
we ask 
that you 
give true life 
unto our weary, mortal 
selves.

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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