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Scripture Reflections - March 18
Fifth Sunday of Lent


Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33


Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

Ever since the time of Abraham, God has revealed Himself as not only as an awesome Creator of everything that is, but as a God who fell in love with the humans that He created.

It is a love that will never give  up  Over and  over, we have been  fickle, forgetful, and ungrateful for all that  God has lavishly given us. 

In this passage, He forgives the sinfulness of his “chosen” people , their failure to value His love.
Much less, do they make a return for God’s love by attempting to really loving Him back.

Through Jeremiah, God promises to take away their stony hearts, replacing them with hearts made of flesh.  He will write this “new” covenant  on their hearts. 

In other words, He will make their hearts able to respond with the power of God’s own love    That love will wipe away their sin, and  also provide a mysterious food  (the Eucharist)  to enable them to accept suffering as Jesus did.

In the Gospel, the Greeks who wanted to meet Jesus probably expected to see a face that mirrored success and triumph.  Instead, they met a Jesus who was preparing his chosen Twelve to witness  His  brutal and shameful death as a common criminal.

What of us? 

We have seen the face of Christ crucified in the ways in which people can torture and kill other people who were saved by the blood of Jesus’ death on the Cross.  

Especially in the last fifty or sixty years the shocking pictures we have seen through the mews ,media, especially through the pictures remain deep in our memories.

They are pictures of the Holocaust,  pictures of disfigured men and women of Nagasaki and Hiroshima after August  6th, 1945, Vietnamese children, running for their lives during the Tett Offensive in 1968, people leaping from the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center.

We are so numbed  to see what people can inflict  on other people! 

We must always make reparation for the evil that only God can forgive through our penance, prayer and almsgiving.

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