Fifth Sunday in Lent

Today once again there are two options for readings with the third scrutiny (Year A readings) this week there is also an option for just the Gospel to be from Year A to be read instead of the Year B readings. To make it easier for me I will be sticking with the Year B readings.

We begin in the Book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah wasn’t only a bullfrog but he was a prophet who was in Babylon with the other exiled Jews. The reading today Jeremiah says that the Lord some day will establish a new covenant with the houses of Israel and Judah. The Lord goes on saying that it won’t be like in days of their forefathers since they broke it. The Lord says “I will place my low within them and write it upon their hearts.” This is going to be better than the covenant at Sinai as it is now a personal commitment to each and every one of us. I’ve just noticed that covenants get smaller each time they are mentioned with Noah God promises not to flood the world, Abraham is promised descendants as numerous as the stars, Moses brings the Commandment down to the people, and here Jeremiah talks about a new covenant that is to come and it will be a personal one. One of the biggest things about this new covenant is that the Lord will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more. This is a reminder for us to go to confession; this continues with the psalm “Create a clean heart in me, O God.”

As we make our way the New Testament the reading get weaker in the epistle this week we hear from the letter to the Hebrews.  In it we hear that Jesus when he was alive prayed in a loud voice with tears and he was heard because of his reverence, at times it seems like this is something that we need more of in the world today. Turning to the Gospel we hear from John that the time to celebrate Passover was nearing and people from out of town were coming in droves, some Greeks ask to see Jesus and Jesus replied “The hour has not come” then Jesus reflects on his upcoming death saying that a grain of wheat may fall to the ground if it dies it produces much fruit. Jesus draws everyone to him no matter what. Let us be drawn closer to Jesus, through our reverence, in these final days of Lent so that we may rise with him on Easter.

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