St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“Lazarus has died.  And I am glad for you that I was not there,
that you may believe.”

John
11:1-45
Focus on the Gospel
April 2, Fifth Sunday in Lent
       When Jesus first learned that Lazarus was ill, he said, “This illness will not end in death, but is
for the glory of God.”  The disciples were still learning about Jesus, and from him.  They did not
understand all that he did and said.  But they believed in Him.  When Jesus announced he was going
to Lazarus, the disciples knew he would have to pass near Jerusalem, where the Jewish leaders
were plotting to kill him.  Thomas says, “Let us also go die with him.”   He believed in Jesus before he
fully understood him.  When Jesus arrived at Bethany, Martha came out to greet him and lamented
that he had not come sooner to save her brother.  Before Jesus went to call Lazarus forth from the
tomb, he asked Martha, “Do you believe in me?”  She said, “Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that
you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is to come into the world.”  She believed in Jesus
before he fulfilled her desire.  Do we believe in Jesus before we fully understand him, before he fulfills
our desire?  How do we demonstrate that belief?
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Ephesians 6:10
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