March 22, 2015 - March 23, 2015
March 22nd is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, a week before Palm Sunday. How are you doing in your Lenten Resolutions? Take up your Cross and follow Jesus daily that you may have the joy of Easter celebration. As Lent moves into its final days, our celebration today gives us an opportunity to reflect on how our Lenten practices have brought us closer to God. Where were you when Lent started? How do things stand now? What can yet be done?
Our readings today all invite us to be rather introspective. Jeremiah tells us that God's law will be so written on our hearts that we will have no need to tell others how to know the Lord, it will be so evident.
Saint Paul tells us about Jesus' cries and supplications to the Father, some of which we hear in today's Gospel. So let us listen for God's message to us today even as we hear of God's message to Jesus. How do others know that we serve God in Christ Jesus?
"Whoever serves me must follow me." Discipleship challenges us to prepare hearts for God's new covenant by a quiet, persevering, daily dying to self, often unremarkable, best unobserved - but never sad. Ours must be Jesus' own joyful generosity, finding fulfillment in bearing fruit and becoming bread that can be broken and shard, nourishing others in self-sacrificing love, that Christ may be lifted up and draw everyone to salvation's embrace.
What has to "die" in me - what attitude, quirk, addiction, obsession, anxiety - in order for the seed of God's grace to blossom and bear fruit this Lenten springtime?