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Fifth Sunday of Lent
April 2, 2017

By Christine Parks, CSJ
Kalamazoo, MI

Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130:1-8; Rom 8: 8-11; Jn 11:1-45

…I will put my Spirit into you, and you
shall live and return home again to your own land.
Then you will know that I, the Holy One,
have done just what I promised you. Ez 37:14

It’s April again—the month when my spirit starts to rise after the short, cold and dark, days of winter. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is a time when the promise of resurrection—foretold in today’s Gospel, with the raising of Lazarus—breaks through another cycle of seasons.

Pondering the promise given here to Ezekiel, “…I will put my Spirit into you, and you shall live…,” I can’t help thinking it may well be the most incredible and intimate promise ever given by this God who breathes us into life. What more intimate gift could we receive than the Spirit of this One who loves us so much that s/he chooses to dwell with and within our being. It’s a promise made again by Jesus as he moves through his last days—as he prays that “all may be one” and assures us that he will also send the Spirit to well in us. Where else can we be “at home” if not in recognizing and living in the fulfillment of this promise?

May I live this day knowing
that God’s Spirit dwells within me.

Personal Challenge
May I recognize God’s Spirit
in all those I meet today.

Check back on April 6th for our Palm Sunday reflection.

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