Thought For The Day 03/25/11


The Fifth Sunday of Lent



The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.

Robert Flatt


The fifth Sunday in Lent is also known as Passion Sunday although that term is also applied to Palm Sunday, which is next week. It is this day that  marks the beginning of Passiontide, which is the traditional name given to the last two weeks of Lent which ends on Holy Saturday. It must be noted that in revising the Roman Missal in 1969, the Roman Catholic Church no longer uses this term. However, in many Anglican Church Services, such as the Church of England, Passiontide is observed as part of Common Worship. During Passiontide, the traditional Purple array continues until Holy Week, when it is replaced by Red! Passion Cantatas are often performed by church choirs during special performances, and speak of the days and hours before Christ’s crucifixion.


Many sermons focus this day on the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Now we know that Jesus had left Jerusalem before Lazarus’ death but upon hearing the news, he returned. Having already been entombed four days, Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha were sitting Shiva in their home. This ritual, which today lasts seven days, lasted thirty days in ancient times, and the rabbis had already certified that there was no trace of the soul remaining in Lazarus’ body. Decomposition of his body had begun. When the sisters saw Jesus, they rushed to him pouring out their grief and Jesus was so moved that he wept. He ordered the stone removed and when it was done, Jesus prayer to his Father in Heaven and then cried out “Lazarus, come out”!


Jesus persecution by officials was great during this time but it is likely that raising Lazarus from the dead was the catalyst that set in motion the determination by the officials in Jerusalem, that Christ needed to be put to death. And yet, the irony of the situation can not be lost on us. Just as Lazarus died and yet was raised by God, so we all are given the hope of eternal life that is promised to us by the sacrament of baptism. The miracle that took place of Lazarus’ raising, was the heralding to the world of all that Christ’s resurrection would give to mankind!


“Are you not aware that we who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? Through baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. If we have been united with him through likeness to his death, so shall we be through a like resurrection.”

(Romans 6:3-5)


Copyright © 2012 “MandysPath” Ministry-ULC

About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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