Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Scripture & Prayer Requests

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

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May the Lord bless you and your families abundantly as we journey to Easter. 

Please join us in praying for our country--and the world--during 
this coronavirus outbreak. 

Dear Lord, protect us and keep us
free from COVID-19 infection. Help all who are working hard to 
contain the spread of this virus, especially those  
in the healthcare professions and those caring for the sick. 
Give clarity and right judgement to the WHO, CDC, NIH and 
federal, state and local agencies combating this outbreak.
Guard all of us and especially our elderly and immunocompromised. 
Bring healing to those who have the disease, Eternal Glory to those
who have succumbed to the virus and
comfort to the families who have lost loved ones.
God bless us, and God bless the United States of America.
Amen.

The Raising of Lazarus, Rembrandt., c. 1630-1632,
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. [PD-US]

The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying,
“Master, the one you love is ill.”
When Jesus heard this he said,
“This illness is not to end in death,
but is for the glory of God,
that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill,
he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples,
+Let us go back to Judea.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
had already been in the tomb for four days.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
Your brother will rise.”
Martha said,
“I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
“I am 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?”
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.”

He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
“Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her,
“Did I not tell you that if you believe
you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
He cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
“Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what he had done began to believe in him.
John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 

4 comments:

  1. Imagine being Jesus and having to repeatedly prove yourself to doubters, but then doing it! And even with eyes that see, many couldn't believe.

    Blessed are those who don't see and still believe. The gift of faith is a monumental thing, a precious commodity. Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and praying for all things that will be listed here. We are one in the Spirit... we are one in the Lord... And they'll know we are Christians by our love.

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  2. Praying for all needs, even those not mentioned here. Bless you all, dear friends. May the Lord keep you safe and protect you from illness.

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  3. Debby, I love this passage because it shows Jesus' humanity. He wept over the loss of a dear friend, just as we do. Sometimes we forget that He felt the same pain and grief we do. But He did. And that's only part of what makes Jesus so amazing.

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  4. I'm sorry I missed stopping by earlier. Debby, thank you so much for sharing.

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