For Your Reflection:

5th Sunday in Lent
God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart.  The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross.  Our baptismal covenant draws us to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s light and truth into our hearts.  We see God’s heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe.


WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2018

JEREMIAH 31:31-34
The Judeans in Babylon blamed their exile on their ancestors, who had broken the covenant established at Sinai.  Here the prophet looks to a day when God will make a new covenant with the people.  There will be no need to teach the law, because God will write it on their hearts.
HEBREWS 5:5-10
Using priestly imagery and references to the Old Testament, the author explains how Christ lived in trusting obedience to God, and so God has made Christ the source of our eternal salvation.
JOHN 12:20-33
Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time to celebrate the Passover festival.  Here Jesus’ words about seeds planted in the ground turn the disaster of his death into the promise of a harvest in which everyone will be gathered.