Quote of the day, 27 March: Silvio José Báez, ocd

“Lazarus, come out!”

John 11:43

This is the cry that Jesus addresses to each one of us; today Jesus tells us: “Come out!”

Don’t stay in the tomb of your sin, thinking that you can’t be forgiven. Don’t become discouraged in the face of your worries, thinking that there’s no solution or future for you. Don’t shut yourself up in sadness and uncertainty.

Let yourself be grasped by my hand, Jesus tells us, and come out of the tomb.

When we let Jesus take us by the hand, it’s possible to live in a new way without fear, loving and letting ourselves be loved, living with the wisdom of those who do no harm, with the transparency of a person who doesn’t pretend to deceive others, and with the simplicity of those who trust completely in God.

Bishop Silvio José Báez, o.c.d.

Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, Fifth Sunday of Lent (excerpt)
26 March 2023

Translation from the Spanish text is the blogger’s own work product and may not be reproduced without permission.

Featured image: The raising of Lazarus is one panel in the Neo-Gothic stained glass window depicting scenes from the life of Christ, which was crafted and installed in 1840 by Etienne Thevenot in the Chapel of the Tomb at the Church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, Paris.

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