Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Catholic Reflections 658 : Homily Fifth Sunday of Lent. Year B. - Sunday, 18 March 2018


Homily Fifth Sunday of Lent. Year B.  - Sunday, 18 March 2018

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm: Ps 50:3-4. 12-15. “
Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9
Gospel Acclamation: John 12:26
Gospel: John 12:20-30
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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Year B.  - Sunday, 18 March 2018 by clicking this link here: https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/lent-5b-faith-hope-and-love  (EPISODE: 83 )
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The Greeks, in today’s gospel, ask to ‘see Jesus’. They were foreigners, and had heard about Jesus and were curious to meet him…. but the reply they get is unexpected: - ….. Do you want to see Jesus??? well, unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains a single grain….but if it dies… it produces a rich harvest….  

We are asking the same thing….. let us see Jesus…. and Jesus gives us a cryptic reply too….. if you want to see me…. I am to be found in the suffering…. in the broken….. in the act of self-sacrificing service…..in self-emptying love……


Also, why do some Greeks, (foreigners, Gentiles most likely), asking to see Jesus signal that the hour has come and that the Son of Man will be handed over and lifted up? Probably because the message of Jesus has now reached the ears of foreigners and people outside of the Jewish community... It is now inevitable that all nations have begun to hear of his message and that this kind of attention will most certainly lead to his arrest and crucifixion. The hour has indeed come!

The opening prayer for this weekend is revealing; It picks up on the theme of loving, sacrificing, service.
may we walk eagerly in that same charity (THAT SAME LOVE) with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death.

WE ARE ASKING THE LORD TO Change our selfishness into self-giving. //
Help us, Lord, to embrace the world you have given us, that we may transform the darkness of its pain into the life and joy of Easter.

How difficult it can be to die to one's selfishness so that others might benefit..... to make the difficult step... to sacrifice oneself and one's own self-interests for the good of others... it can be the hardest thing in the world...... but it is the way of Christ.. the way of the Cross, but also the way of the fullness of life and grace...
One of the greatest gifts that can be given to this tired world we live in…. is the gift of unselfishness…. or self-giving…… or generosity and love…. where so many other keep asking ‘whats in it for me’ what’s it worth???,,,,

Our following of Jesus has a cost….but it is not suffering for the sake of suffering…. / rather, it is suffering because of what we believe in… it is suffering because we believe in the values Jesus offers….. and Jesus gives us an example of how we can react when faced with the cost of our values….. ‘Father… should I say, save me from this hour….but no…. for this is why I came……’


To live a life of service, love, self-forgetting and self-giving… This is why Jesus came, and this is why we follow him,.,.

In these dying days of Lent… let us ask God to kindle in us all a deeper charity, a deeper, unselfish love…… to live the values of "service, self-emptying and compassion no matter what the cost"…. knowing the cost… and trusting that Jesus went before us in this and all things….

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REFERENCES:

FR. PAUL W. KELLY

PREACHING TO THE CONVERTED. BY FR. RICHARD LEONARD.S.J.

SUNDAYS AND HOLY DAY LITURGIES. YEAR B. FLOR MCCARTHY S.D.B.

SHARING THE WORD THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR. GUSTAVO GUTIERREZ.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent. Year B.
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Sunday, 18 March 2018)

(EPISODE: 83 )
The Lord be with you.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault,* through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

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Sunday Lent V

Reconciliation II

Communion side.  pwk: 
RH
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Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.




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