Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Here is a reflection on the readings by Dr. Scott Hahn for your pondering: Lazarus represents all humanity. He stands for "dead man"—for all those Jesus loves and wants to liberate from the bands of sin and death.
By His Resurrection Jesus has fulfilled Ezekiel's promise in today's First Reading. He has opened the graves that we may rise, put His Spirit in us that we may live. This is the Spirit that Paul writes of in today's Epistle. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will give life to we who were once dead in sin.”
The Lord wants us to live, to step out of our graves, that is sin. I encourage you to go to confession.
Examination of conscience:
I. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have false gods before me.
Have I put money, popularity, material things, sports or any other good above my relationship with God?
Have I tried to turn away from a vocation to which I think God might be calling me? Have I de- spaired of God’s help or provision for me in my times of need?
Have I presumed that God would forgive me when I decided to do something sinful? Have I used things that are superstitious, occult, or related to witchcraft?
II. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have I used the name of the Lord in vain, or in any other way used it improperly?
Have I made false oaths or failed to keep a promise made in God’s sight?
Have I disrespected the holiness of God and/or of persons or things that are specially associated with God (like priests, sacred objects, the parish buildings, etc.)?
III. You shall keep holy the Sabbath day.
Have I failed through my own fault to not worship God on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation by attending Mass?
Have I made an effort to keep Sunday holy by spending time with my family, spending extra time in prayer or in charitable activities, resting from the work of the week?
Do I make an effort to pray regularly and attentively throughout the week?
IV. You shall honor your father and your mother.
Have I been respectful of my parents (and step-parents, grandparents or other family members)? Have I been respectful of my teachers and others in authority over me?
V. You shall not kill.
Have I done damage to someone’s reputation or well being in any way?
Have I done damage to myself through drugs, alcohol or other self-destructive behavior?
Have I hoped that bad things would happen to someone else?
Have I been a bad example to anyone else (especially younger people) that might have made them fall into sin themselves?
Have I ever been a part of, in any way, the taking of human life through
abortion, euthanasia or other threats to human life?
VI and IX. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.
Have I been sexually impure with myself and/or with someone else?
Have I pursued and sought out lustful thoughts on my own or through reading/watching sexually impure materials in books, on the internet, on TV?
Am I careful to guard against sexually impure entertainment that I might otherwise have access to in books/magazine, on the internet or on TV?
VII and X. You shall not steal. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Have I respected the property of others, both in my family and outside of it? Have I been unhappy with the blessing that God has given me and been jealous of another?
Have I tried to get the things, clothes, etc. that I see others having/wearing, just because they have them? Am I sinfully jealous of what others have?
VIII. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I told lies?
Have I gossiped?
Have I told others someone’s faults without serious reason to do so?
Remember the Lord wants us to live, do not be afraid to bring your sins to the Lord in Confession.
Here are some dates and times when confession will be available before Easter:
Wednesday April 5th at St. Michael : 6:30 pm -7:00pm
Friday April 7th at St. Paul: 7:30 am and 12:00 pm
Saturday April 8th at St. James: 5:30 pm
Monday April 10th at St. Patrick in Mauston (multiple priests available): 6:30 pm
Last chance: Wednesday April 12th at St. Paul: 5:30 pm
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona