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The Fifth Sunday in Lent, 29 March 2020

The Fifth Sunday in Lent, 29 March 2020 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 St. John 11:1-45                                                                                                                  Background: Death and Resurrection During this Lententide, I shall devote this segment of the blog to quotations that might give depth and a reflective quality for the readings for this day. This is from Robin Jensen’s  Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity . Baptism as Dying and Rising “Although it diverges in significant ways from the paradigmatic events of John’s baptism of Jesus or the Holy Spirit’s Pentecostal descent upon the apostles, the theme of baptismal death and rebirth appears in the earliest strands of Christian teaching and is, arguably, the most transformative dimension of early Christian initiation. Through the rite of baptism, an individual dies and is reborn; this relates to his or her cleansing and incorporation insofar as it