Fifth Sunday of Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Ps. 51:3-4, 12-15 | Heb. 5:7-9 | John 12:20-33

Jeremiah tells us that a new day is coming when God will place God’s Word on our hearts. We will be God’s people and all will know God. The author of Hebrews tells us that Christ offered prayers for us with loud cries and supplications. Jesus, Himself, tells us that His hour is coming; and, when that hour comes, He will be glorified. But first Jesus must endure the terrible death of crucifixion. Jesus does not hide this news from the Greek converts who come to see Him. They are told that they must die in order to live. They must hate their life in order to preserve it. This is what it means to serve and follow Jesus.

How shocking these words are to us! How we try to change them and make them fluffy! It doesn’t work, not even for twenty-first century Christians who know how much computers, televisions, phones, ipods, faxes, etc., have made life easier. We are still called to be the disciple. We are still called to put all aside. At the call of Jesus, we are asked to pick up whatever cross we are given and follow in His footsteps. And as we do so, we will hear God say, “well done.”

Today, be present, as a disciple, to God who dwells within. Allow God to lead you to others who are in need without regard to the cost.

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