BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY
Fifth Sunday of Lent (A) John 11:1-45 April 10, 2011
“I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”
Once, a patient who was under psychiatric treatment, asked his doctor what he should do if he felt a nervous breakdown coming on. He thought that the psychiatrist was going to respond, "Call me immediately." Instead, he said, "Go out and find somebody in trouble and help that person." If you are in pain and see someone who is suffering even more, the consolation you give to that person helps both. When you go to a wake or a funeral to be with somebody who is mourning a dear one, just your presence is a real spiritual and psychological help for your friend. Shakespeare wrote in one of his works, “A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved”.
The Lazarus story tells us that Jesus did not like death. He wept at the grave of his friend. Jesus is the Lord of life and not of death. He came to do battle with death and destroyed it. Ezekiel today gives us this good news from God. "I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel".