100 Words – Fifth Sunday in Lent “Emotional Tombs”

Emotional Tombs

By Peter Oliver, Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” – John 11:38-39

Can it be true?!?

It would be nice if this question concerned the extraordinary event in this Sunday’s readings (RCIA Scrutiny #3) – Lazarus raised from the dead!

Unfortunately, it’s an expression of surprise at the discovery that in 2021 Catholics still fear reprisal if they speak publicly about their experience of divorce and remarriage.

Can it be true? Yes, it’s true.

The stone rolled in front of these entombed thoughts and feelings is called “you did something wrong”.  We have lots of good reasons for keeping it in place (including fear and control) but Jesus’ message is clear:  “Take away the stone.”


[This is a weekly blog re-published from www.olivebranchministry.ca with permission from author Peter Oliver. Each post is exactly 100 words.]

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