A Moment before the 5th Sunday in Lent

This Sunday is the 3rd (and final) Scrutiny, and it’s the last regular Sunday in Lent.  The next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.  Which means it’s time to get ready for what’s coming. 

The Old Testament reading for the 3rd Scrutiny (Ezekiel) is the last part of one of the more striking visuals in the Bible, the valley of dry bones.  That’s the lead-in for the reading, which shows God calling his people to rise from their graves.  Together, it’s dramatic and just a little macabre, and it lets us know what God is capable of doing. 

Like Ezekiel, the Gospel (John) foreshadows what’s coming during Holy Week.  And like Ezekiel, the Gospel shows us what God is capable of doing.  But where Ezekiel shows it from a distance, in the Gospel Jesus shows us God working on a very intimate and personal level. 

Which is a perfect lead-in for what will be presented at the 3rd Scrutiny – the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father – and the point that this presentation makes.  A God this powerful is also this intimate and personal.  And wants to have that kind of a relationship with each of us.