On the fifth Sunday, when the resurrection of Lazarus is proclaimed we are faced with the ultimate mystery of our existence: “I am the resurrection and the life…
Do you believe this?” (Jn 11: 25-26). For the Christian community, it is the moment to place with sincerity – together with Martha – all of our hopes in Jesus of Nazareth: “
Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world” (Jn 11: 27).
Communion with Christ in this life prepares us to overcome the barrier of death, so that we may live eternally with him.
Faith in the resurrection of the dead and hope in eternal life open our eyes to the ultimate meaning of our existence:
God created men and women for resurrection and life, and this truth gives an authentic and definitive meaning to human history, to the personal and social lives of men and women, to culture, politics and the economy.
Without the light of faith, the entire universe finishes shut within a tomb devoid of any future, any hope.
The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to every believer. It is essential that the revealed
word radically enrich our catechesis and all our efforts to pass on the faith.
Evangelization demands familiarity with God’s word, which calls for dioceses,
parishes and Catholic associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the Bible,
while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal reading. We do not blindly seek God,
or wait for him to speak to us first, for “God has already spoken, and there is nothing further that we need to know,
which has not been revealed to us”.
Let us receive the sublime treasure of the revealed word.