“WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME, EVEN IF HE DIES, WILL LIVE”
“Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands.” So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
Jesus there are many Lazarus that need life, because they walk like ghosts without illusions and without enjoying the daily bread. They’re running away, just like death is chasing them. They walk like people tired of this life without finding sense in it, because, they say, life is only work and do not know how to take a break, how to be free, how to live in peace. They are many women and men who do not know how to continue in their married life after living together many years. They do not understand each other. They are used to shouting at each other in front of their children. They are, my Lord, many young people who are not attending the university because they cannot afford the tuition each semester. Many of them are intelligent but they must now settle for a job that is below their level. They are immigrants, who have spent years trying to adjust their status, but nobody helps them. They are also Priests, Lord, who want to renew the outdated of the church, but nobody understands them. Then Jesus answers us: “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?”
I do not believe that religion and Jesus are good elements only after we die. To the contrary; if religion and faith in Jesus Christ are essential in our life because through them people find healing and life in their sorrows. That is why only alienated, the outcasts, the rejected people understood Jesus’ message, because they have had the experience of the rejection, and when they found Jesus as life they felt resurrection in their lives.
When Jesus heard the crying of Lazarus’ sisters, he was afflicted and he cried along with them, because the death of his friend hurt him. He shouted with a strong voice: “friend, come out!” Today the Lord wants us to also hear this shout. He needs us as friends and not as servants. Jesus doesn’t like that his friends suffer. We cannot cower in the presence of our fears. To live happily and with abundance is the invitation that God always offers us as part of His kingdom. It is to trust in Him.
“To live as God commands” is an invitation. “To live as God commands” is an invitation during this season of Lent. “So great is God’s love for the world that he sent his son, so that we can have an abundant life.” Nobody can reject this invitation to believe in Jesus as our savior which is placed in the center of our hearts by God’s will.
Rev. Arturo Corral
Rev. Luis Estrada
Rev. Roberto Raygoza
All masses are in Spanish
Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. 30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
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Monday to Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.