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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live..."

- John 11:25

When two people deeply love each other, they never want their love to end. I think that's one of the best experiences we can ever have. And it's open to every one of us! Our desire for permanence, at its best, is a sign of a vibrant love, one that reaches out to heaven. It's also a sign of the way God loves us. We are so important to God that God desires to be together with us in an intimate relationship that will grow and never end. Our resurrection is the way God brings this about.

Years ago, I read these words on a sign: "This life is good, but the best is yet to come!" I never forgot it. God offers us a resurrected future full of incredible beauty and joy. But then, what else would you expect a loving God to do?

Thank you, Lord, for your incredible, unending love.

- Fr. Kenneth E. Grabner, C.S.C.
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freeter | Posted on: 2020-03-29 17:24:15
Thank you Fr. Kenneth for your inspiring words today.

I will never forget these words also "This life is good, but the best is yet to come!"

Thank you Dear Jesus for your wonderful, unconditional, "Never-ending" love that you have for me and for all us.

I believe in you Lord and I love you too. Amen.

God Bless our Living Faith Family.
Tillie | Posted on: 2020-03-29 17:21:52
March 29 2020

Good Morning Living Faith Family, praying for each and everyone of you, your family and friends who need our prayers more than ever today.
Prayers for all of the caregivers, nurses and doctors who are on the front lines of this terrible COVID-19. May our Lord Jesus Christ watch over them, protect them and strengthen them during this time.

Below is a copy of my notes that I put together for this Sunday’s readings, which I thought you might like to read. I sincerely apologize if they seem too long or possible not on point. They are my thoughts, given to me by the power of the Holy Spirit, as I listen deeply, while studying the readings for this Sunday, throughout the week. For me this is truly a blessing and something I feel that am being called to share with all of you.

God Bless each and everyone of you, continue to be safe.

1st. Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14 “The Promise Of the Resurrection”
God is letting the Israelites know that there will be a rising from the dead. This rising is an opportunity, a promise to bring them back to the land of Israel.
This generation for sure needed signs and promises to prove that God is their God and that they are his people. God promised this so that the Spirit from God will rest in their hearts. God today promises us this same opportunity, to reach the promise land, the land of everlasting life. This Lent are we using this time wisely to receive the Spirit of God into our own hearts, or are we like the Israelites of old, always wanting signs and second chances. Let us today show our God that we believe that we fully accept the Holy Spirit into our hearts and will be ready on the day of the promised resurrection.

2nd. Reading: Romans 8: 8-11 “Christians are spiritually alive”
Have you ever worried about being a Christian?
A Christian is someone who has the Spirit Of God living within them. If you have fully trusted in Jesus Christ with your life and have professed him publicly, as your Lord and Savior, then the Holy Spirit has arrived into your heart, as Jesus had promised.
Do not waste this wonderful opportunity, we should all embrace it.
The Holy Spirit will work within you to help you with your trials, challenges and most of all the crosses we all must bear during our life time.
Be part of God’s Plan this Lent and help build up his church.
St. Paul is trying to remind the early church of the Romans and us, to not forget or worry about the outside world as much as to remember what dwells inside each of us Christians, the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us all use these gifts, entrusted to us for the good of letting others know about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel: John 11: 1-45 “I Am The Resurrection And The Life”
As we hear in today’s first reading, God promises all of us the opportunity of life after death, the resurrection.
Again, as in the first reading the people of Israel were seeking a sign, in today’s Gospel Jesus waits until after Lazarus’s death, four days, to show them and us a sign of his power given to him by his Father. Jesus has the power of raising Lazarus and us at our day of judgement. Jesus knew and wanted them to know that his Father will raise him up on the third day and that he himself is the Resurrection.
Jesus did not permit others to dictate his actions, he took action of his own timing. Don’t we try too want things from God on our time table, I hear it all of the time, if Jesus would have just answered our prayers earlier or why does Jesus not answer my prayer. Our timing is not God’s timing, lets us remember this Lent that we are loved and offered forgiveness from our Loving Father, that he will never abandon us.
There is a right time to make peace with God and that time is now, when darkness enters our life, Jesus is the light and promise, the resurrection for each of us.
Jesus gives each of us the faith, courage and the strength needed to persevere through the trials, sufferings and crosses we will all face in our lives.
Did you know that the name Lazarus, means “God is my help”.
Remember back to the story of the other Lazarus, the poor man at the entrance of the gate, who dies and then was carried off by the angels to Abraham. At this time, when the rich man said to God, please send notice back to my brothers, so they too can change and be prepared at the time of death for God’s return. God said no, because they will not believe now, nor will they believe when I raise the one who is to come to save the world, at the time of Jesus’s resurrection.
God promises us all today, this Lent, even in the middle of this horrible COVID-19 pandemic, that the the Holy Spirit is ready to come into each of our hearts to transform our faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Do you believe that the power of Jesus’s resurrection is at work in your life today, if not let the Holy Spirit strengthen within you, the life that God promises each of us, Christians, followers of Jesus Christ.

Tim | Posted on: 2020-03-29 12:02:30
Amen :-)
Salina | Posted on:: 2020-03-29 12:41:09
Beautiful devotional thank you father Kenneth.
Praying for you LFF today.
Have a blessed Sunday.
Ana | Posted on: 2020-03-29 10:29:33
Loved these thoughts this morning. It reminds me that I will one day be again with loved ones who have passed. And also, to be with our loving God who promises resurrection.
Martha | Posted on: 2020-03-29 10:12:38
I too love these thoughts. Shortest passage in the bible John 11 35 " Jesus wept " Tim Marie Tillie Arlette Anna Salina and all the living faith family I am praying for you right now Ken
Kjc | Posted on:: 2020-03-29 10:25:14
Lia | Posted on: 2020-03-29 08:32:53
We had exactly that, "God desires to be together with us in an intimate relationship that will grow and never end" in the first two chapters of Genesis!!!

We (Adam and Eve), on the other hand thought it wasn't enough, fell for a temptation of wanting to be like God, and sinned against God :-(

How could we fall for a temptation and sin against God when it was perfect in the garden of Eden with God walking with us everyday? God gives us free will from the beginning.......to be and not to be!

Here is how Paul explained it in Romans 8:5-8, "
* Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires;
* but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
* The mind governed by the flesh is death,
* but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
* The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;
* it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
* Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God."

Now God gives us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us when we accept His free gift of Salvation: Jesus died on the cross for our sins :-) Yet, we still have to live with our flesh :-( Our free will can choose: to be or not to be with God!

Jesus' resurrection guarantees the resurrection of God's people!!! John 11:25-26, "I am (Jesus is) the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Do you believe?!?!?! Both Martha and Mary knew about the resurrection in the last days and yet both of them said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." (John 11:21, 32)

So what exactly did Jesus want them to believe? The answer is in Martha's answer immediately after Jesus question in John 11:27, "She said to Him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, the One Who is coming into the world.”

You see, it isn't about believing what Jesus has done, is doing or will do for me but to believe Who He is: the Christ (the anointed Messiah), the Son of God (God Himself) and Who is coming back (second coming)!

Do you want what Jesus can do for you or do you want an intimate relationship with Him? The truth is:
* If you have an intimate relationship with Jesus believing in Who He is, you will live a life pleasing to Him in the Spirit!
* If you don't have an intimate relationship with Jesus believeing in Who He is, you will live a life pleasing to yourself in the flesh!
* "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?" (Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25)

So choose Joshua 24:15c, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

Yes, Lord Jesus! You are the Resurrection and the Life! I believe in You, even if (and when) I die, I will never die (because Your resurrection guarantee my resurrection). Amen!!! (John 11:25)

Resurrecting by Elevation Worship
Salina | Posted on: 2020-03-29 08:25:20
Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson
Salina | Posted on:: 2020-03-29 08:30:02
Thank you, Salina for ALWAYS pointing us to Christ! I needed to read your thoughts today.
Bob M | Posted on:: 2020-03-29 08:30:52
"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be." John Lennon may have stolen this from God!
Troy | Posted on: 2020-03-29 04:14:55
Jayne | Posted on:: 2020-03-29 07:39:15
Actually, he was inspired by a poem from Robert Browning. Who probably was inspired by God, as well..
Bob | Posted on:: 2020-03-29 11:23:48
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