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For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
Fifth Sunday of Lent (C)
March 21, 2010
•I open your graves and have you rise from them…I will put my spirit in you that you may live, (Ezekiel 37:13,14)
• My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel look for the LORD… (Psalm 130:6)
•…the One who raised Christ from the dead will give life…through his Spirit dwelling in you. (Romans 8:11)
•I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live… (John 11:25)
•Have you kept a night watch and waited anxiously for the dawn?
•Are you keeping watch (prayer, fasting from material satisfaction and serving others) and waiting for the Lord?
•What does it mean to die to the world (live in the world but not of the world) and live in the spirit of Christ?
•How does the Spirit of life change your life?

It is evident that discipleship is a wide and flexible concept…by the tradition as embodying the ideals of the active and contemplative life. But notwithstanding all this variety, there is a proportionately common element, the norm of which is given in Christ. All are held to: 1.) self-abnegation, 2.) humble service, 3.) generosity towards the needy, and 4.) patience in adversity.1

No follower of Christ must be so taken up with external activities as to forget the “one thing necessary” (Luke 10:42) namely, to be inwardly transformed by the knowledge and love Christ brings into the world.2

1Dulles, Avery Cardinal, Models of the Church, Image Books/Doubleday: New York, 2002, p. 205.
2Ibid. p. 206.

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