It is good to remind ourselves of the themes of the past Sundays’ Gospels and to become more aware of how we are led to grow in our faith in Jesus Christ, in our hope of the Resurrection and in our love for our heavenly Father and for our neighbour.
1st Sunday: Jesus accepted to be tempted by Satan according to the three types of temptation of pride, vanity and the flesh, to show us how to be victorious.
2nd Sunday: Jesus is transfigured on the mountain and the voice of the Father revealed Jesus’ divinity. The disciples are being strengthened in their faith and hope before the Passion.
3rd Sunday: Jesus encounters a woman who contracted five marriages; she finally ended up living with a sixth man out of wedlock. The seventh man, Jesus, becomes her savior and true bridegroom, the only man who loved her perfectly.
4th Sunday: Jesus encounters a man who has been blind from birth. He heals him and reveals to him that He is the Light of the world. He then becomes a witness to Christ.
Finally, one week before Palm Sunday, our Mother Church invites her children to meditate and rejoice on the greatest of Jesus’ miracles, the one he kept for the very end before his sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Before performing the spectacular resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus tested the faith of his own disciples and of Martha and Mary when he said:
I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:26)
Did Martha pass the test of faith?
“Yes, Lord, she said, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into the world”.
By this act of faith, Martha passed from spiritual death to life in the Spirit since unbelief makes the soul dead. St Thomas said that “those who have broken the law of the Gospel and are bound by habits of sin” are like Lazarus “four days dead”. Let us then live the Spirit of Christ:
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom.8, 11)