This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “Death is not a condition God desires for us . Rather, God wants us to have life. However, death is a reality; but it is not the final word. Christ is the final Word – namely, the life-giving Word. Christ brings Lazarus back to life. He desires to do the same for us. ”
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “Some years ago in a homily, I told of standing at the bedside of a priest-friend who was dying, and wrestling with one of the questions that naturally arise at such a moment: What really awaits us after death? “
Lent is a period of fasting, which leads up to Easter. It recalls Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness. The Catholic Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday and ends right before the evening Masses of Holy Thursday, although Lenten penance continues through Holy Saturday. In 2014, Lent begins on March 5th in the Latin Church