Lenten Thoughts for Friends of Regis College (Week Five)

Fifth Sunday of Lent

“For as true man Jesus wept for Lazarus his friend and as eternal God raised him from the tomb, just so, taking pity on the human race, he leads us by sacred mysteries to new life.”  Preface of the 5th Sunday of Lent.

Jesus, human like us, suffered at the loss of his friend Lazarus.  With compassion he wept with Mary and Martha.  Jesus, God made-one-with-us, gave Lazarus the gift of life once again.  We learn through this mystery that God gives us new life, not just a return to our human life like Lazarus, but a share in Christ’s divine life.   In our turn it is our task to live that life imitating his compassion and love.

“As he moves towards his Passion, Jesus bears witness to the love of the Father that, in turn, enables him to endure pain and suffering.  Let us seek to be open and to imbibe God’s saving help in preparing to journey with Jesus to Calvary.”  (Erik Oland, SJ in Called to pray, 2012, eds., Gilles Mongeau, SJ & Brett Salkeld.)

Please join Regis in prayer this Lent.  This is a generous gift with and for Regis’ ministry.

Joe Schner - Regis College

Joseph Schner, S.J., A.B.; M.A.; M.Div.; S.T.L.; Ph.D.
Interim President, Regis College
Professor, Psychology & Psychology of Religion
joseph.schner@utoronto.ca
Room 313; ext. 222