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Weekly Prayer

Sunday, March 22, 2015

“I am the resurrection and the life…do you believe this?”

Four days, Jesus.
Surely Death thought
it had won this battle.
But suddenly there you are--
the lone hero facing
Death’s terrifying power
and pulling your friend back to life
through the greater power of God.

I doubt Death was too upset, though.
It was just a skirmish,
and Death was now set up
to obtain the
biggest prize of all--you.

You knew it too.
You had to know
that raising Lazarus
would lead to the cross.
Were you afraid?
Did you hesitate
even for a moment?
Or had you, by this time,
so emptied yourself
of everything but
the will of the
Father, that doing
the Father’s will
was all that mattered?

Jesus, I am no lone hero.
I am weak and afraid.
And throughout my life
I’ve somehow allowed
Death to wrap me
in the funeral cloths of
sin, self-centeredness, and fear.
Death thinks it’s won this battle too.

I cannot save myself, Jesus.
Help me to believe that you are
the resurrection and the life.
Help me to face Death
with you, in you,
and through you.
Help me to empty myself
of everything but the Father’s will.
Pull me back to life!
Lift me from the grave, Lord,
now and in the world to come.

  Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA Photo
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