5th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B
‘I will draw all people to myself’
By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God,
may we walk eagerly in that same charity
with which, out of love for the world,
your Son handed himself over to death.
As we journey through Lent and approach Holy Week, our Sunday readings draw us deeper into contemplating Jesus fulfilling the new Covenant by his sacrifice and death.
The First Reading from Jeremiah reveals God’s love, as he promises to make a new covenant with us, written on our hearts.
The verses chosen from the Psalm reflect this: ‘A pure heart create for me, O God’. We pray for a heart that will receive this covenant of love.
The letter to the Hebrews (Second Reading) reveals the cost of this covenant to Jesus, in all his humanity. His obedience is through suffering, becoming our salvation.
In the Gospel Jesus spells out the necessity for the grain of wheat to die. His soul is troubled, but he is One with the Father. Through the cross will come glory.
As his disciples, we must follow him, and so, like Jesus, may we turn to the Father in all our troubles, striving to draw others with us.
Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. First Reading
A pure heart create for me, O God. Repsonsorial Psalm
Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to explore further:
Jeremiah 31: 31–34; Psalm 50 (51); Hebrews 5: 7–9; John 12: 20–33
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