First Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14 (JB)
A reading from the prophet Ezekiel
The Lord says this: I am going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from
your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel.
And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you
from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will
live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, the
Lord, have said and done this - it is the Lord who speaks.
The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 129 (JB)
R. With the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ear be attentive
to the voice of my pleading. R.
If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you. R.
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchman for daybreak.
(Let the watchman count on daybreak
and Israel on the Lord.) R.
Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity. R.
Second Reading: Romans 8:8-11 (JB)
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans
People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to
God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual,
since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you
possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your
body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is
life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised
Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead
will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Gospel: John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33-45 (JB)
A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John
The sisters Martha and Mary sent this message to Jesus, 'Lord, the man you
love is ill.' On receiving the message, Jesus said, 'This sickness will end not in
death but in God's glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.'
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that
Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to
the disciples, 'Let us go to Judaea.'
On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days
already. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him.
Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, 'If you had been
here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever
you ask of God, he will grant you.' 'Your brother' said Jesus to her 'will rise
again.' Martha said, 'I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last
day.' Jesus said:
'I am the resurrection and the life,
If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live,
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?'
'Yes Lord,' she said 'I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one
who was to come into this world.' Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh
that came straight from the heart, 'Where have you put him?' They said 'See
how much he loved him!' But there were some who remarked, 'He opened
the eyes of the blind man, could he not have prevented this man's death?'
Still sighing, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the
opening. Jesus said, 'Take the stone away.' Martha said to him 'Lord by now
he will smell; this is the fourth day.' Jesus replied 'Have I not told you that if
you believe you will see the glory of God?' So they took away the stone.
Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said:
'Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer
I knew indeed that you always hear me.
But I speak for the sake of all these who stand round me,
so that they may believe it was you who sent me.'
When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, here! Come out!'
The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a
cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, 'Unbind him, let him go free.'
Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did
believed in him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.