March 29: Lent 2020 #5

Layperson Lecture #9

To quote Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 1, “There is a time for every purpose under heaven.” So now it’s time for a Layperson Lecture! I’m Constance McEntee, seminary drop-out and the Idiot Before G0D.

The scripture selections for the fifth Sunday of Lent, 29 March 2020, come from

EZEKIEL 37:1-14 tells the story of Ezekiel prophesying to a valley filled with bones. To me, this suggests telling people about how good things could be can seem to fill them with new life, or maybe more accurate, a new way of understanding which could lead to an increased joy in living.

PSALM 130 seems particularly fitting during this COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a hopeful cry for help.

ROMANS 8:6-11 at first reads like an Us and Them statement. That could just be my bias against St. Paul. He and I aren’t on speaking terms. But by comparing it to the reading from Ezekiel, it seems like it’s saying having knowledge of possibilities is a joy in and of itself.

The Gospel according to Saint JOHN 11:1-45 is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. And the way this story is presented in this particular gospel makes Jesus look like a bit of a poser. He seems to delay going to visit Mary, Martha, and Lazarus so he can show the glory of G0D by resurrecting his dead friend. But again, this might be my own bias as I often give St. John the same hairy eyeball I give to St. Paul. With this one, too, I think the key to understanding is the reading from Ezekiel. “Dead” seems to be used as a way to describe unknowing, perhaps.

My CONCLUSION would be that hope and new thoughts can inspire and revive us in ways we might not have thought possible.

I offer this BENEDICTION: Let us inspire and revive one another by our words and actions, and let us do these things with the blessings of the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love Overflowing. Amen, and go with G0D.