5th Sunday of Lent – 18th March 2018
This Weeks’s Readings:
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 The Lord plants his new covenant deep within his people’s hearts.
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9 Christ becomes the source of eternal salvation through the obedience of his suffering.
Gospel: John 12:20-33 Jesus is glorified in his act of self-abandonment on our behalf
We are just one week away from the beginning of the Holy Week and today’s Second Reading and Gospel passage already introduce us to the basic truth that our salvation is the fruit of the dramatic death of Jesus Christ. It was through his sacrificial death that the life-giving New Covenant was sealed.
Life from death is also the challenge addressed to each of us. if we want the life of grace to grow within us, we must be prepared to die to our pride and any other form of negative passion. It is only when wee die to our lower selves that we can start living unto the Lord. Then we are active partners in the New Covenant.
Let us offer the Eucharist for this intention even as we continue praying for peace and justice in the world.
-From the Living Word