Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for March 29, 2020.
Description: For the 5th Sunday of Lent, the reflection inspires your parishioners to realize that Lent is not really about suffering and sacrifice. It’s a corridor to new life. Good Friday is not about pain and death. It’s the door that Jesus opens to invite us into that new life.
Yes, suffering is part of the Lenten journey (which can be experienced at any time of the year). Yes, Lent includes the sacrifices of fasting and abstinence, almsgiving and extra time in church. But these are just vehicles for the trip. God uses our sufferings (if we let him) to help us grow in compassion, persistence, and ministry. Our sacrifices teach us discipline (which is discipleship) so that we can purify our will and grow stronger in holiness. But the trip is not the destination.
For discussion groups such as RCIA and Small Christian Communities (SCC), this handout asks:
- We can personalize Ezekiel 37:12-14 by understanding that God will open our graves (whatever is dead inside of us) and will place his Spirit of Life within us. How does the Holy Spirit help us discover healing and hope amidst daily sufferings?
- In Romans 8:8-11, we are reminded again of the Holy Spirit within us. Since the Spirit is alive in you, what affect does this have on your Lenten journey? What is being purified, strengthened, and renewed?
- In John 11:1-45, Jesus proves his power over death just before he enters Jerusalem and heads toward Calvary. How does this prove to you that your own sufferings and sacrifices will not lead to permanent disaster?
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 5th Sunday of Lent, adult education, Lenten faith sharing groups, RCIA class, etc.
Lenten resources for individual, private use can be found free on our non-profit site, Good News Ministries.