Pastors Desk: Fifth Sunday of Lent / B

Posted 17th March 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 18th March 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Lent / B

fifth-sunday-of-lentAs we enter the final weeks of our Lenten journey we hear Jesus indicate that the time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Jesus was trying to explain to his apostles that it is by his suffering and death that he is bringing life and liberation to the world.

At our annual November Mass for all who have died and been buried from our parish in the previous 12 months we encourage everyone to take home a daffodil bulb and plant it in memory of their loved one. Over time something that now appears to be dead will start to come to life once more and bring forth a beautiful flower for us to admire and enjoy in the spring. Today Jesus reminds us that a seed is of no use unless it is planted so that it can bring forth a harvest. He used this image to predict the fate that was awaiting him.

Sacrifice is an important part of daily living on many levels. For example, a candle can only give light by burning the wick and melting the wax. Loving parents sacrifice lots so that their children can enjoy a better life than they themselves had.

In Lent and particularly in Holy Week we are given the opportunity to focus on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us all, his passion, the message of the cross and most importantly his triumph over death.

Today’s Gospel challenges us to sacrifice our security, success and choose the service of God and others even if it hurts.

Fr Gerry