From now on, our thoughts begin to turn towards the Passion of the Lord. The Gospel gives us the story of the raising of Lazarus; here is part of it: ‘Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.” When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying quietly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him’.

These words, ‘the Teacher is here and is calling for you’ resound deeply in the hearts of us Sisters. They were spoken to each of us at our Life Profession, as an invitation to come forward, pronounce our vows, and be totally consecrated to God for the rest of our lives in this world. But each of the baptised is equally bound in to the Paschal Mystery, as the defining element in our Christian lives. At Easter, we will all renew our Baptismal Promises, and so the prayer is that each of us will be faithful, honouring our commitment to God. May God bless you and keep you close to Himself this day.