Fifth Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
John 11: 1-45
by Frieda Mwebe Mofya
Lord Jesus speak to us as we reflect on the two scriptures.
When God speaks to a situation it changes, no matter how long it has lasted or how bad the conditions could be. The two scriptures tell about death. We all agree that death leaves the entire world powerless. God alone reigns over death. In our scriptures the Word from God, the son, and Holy Spirit gives life from death. Ezekiel surrendered, “Sovereign Lord you alone know;” and in John, Martha said, “if only you were here….”
But God’s grace is manifest and his plan to give life and restore hope among his people has never changed. It is fulfilled in Jesus Christ who was crucified, buried and resurrected with us. The first passage describes dry bones with no glimpse of life for the nation. But God said, “I have spoken and I will act”; in John, Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again.” God is able. Whoever has Christ has life; let us trust him and proclaim his Word. He alone gives life and makes ways. The following story gives encouragement to women’s ministries.
A woman in Kabondo village yearned to make and sell soap for family income. She saved money for the training yet could not reach USD 75. She totally lost hope. Later United Women in Faith provided funds for the soap making project in her village. She received free training. Now she makes soap. God gave life to her dead dream.
Prayer: Oh Father we pray your Word brings the fullness of your life to any dead situation in Jesus Christ. Use us to share hope. Amen.
Frieda Mwebe Mofya is Regional Missionary for United Women in Faith based in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she works with women, young adults, and children increasing their opportunity to participate in community work, leadership roles, organizational management, and economic through networking, advocacy, training, and income generating support. She primarily covers Francophone Africa.
Children’s art is from the 2023 Daily Prayer Guide.