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18th March 2018 - 5th Sunday of Lent

posted 16 Mar 2018, 07:39 by Veronica Yarwood

18th March 2018 – 5th Sunday of Lent


The Lord says, "Deep within them I will plant

my Law, writing it on their hearts." The Lord

says, "Then I will be their God and they shall be

my people." (Jer.31.31-34.)


And when the Lord says these things God holds

nothing back. This is the Almighty's infinite

gift of the divine self to each one of us. And the

infinite gift makes for infinite possibilities, our

sin written off, for example, mercy, kindness,

compassion and cleansing, pure heart, steadfast

spirit, joy and fervour. All ours for the

receiving. The facets of God's self gift to us are



If we want to see all this for real and in the flesh,

like the Greeks of our gospel reading, "...we

should like to see Jesus." (Jn. 12.20.) And the -

same Jesus says, "Come.. ..come and see."

Come and see what a God-filled man looks like,

thinks like, speaks like, acts like. Gloriously,

that is how he looks, thinks, speaks and acts,



So what on earth does that mean? It means, like

the seed, falling to earth and dying and yielding

a rich harvest. Therein lies the glory. As the

letter to the Hebrews expresses it, "Although he

was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering: but

having been made perfect, he became for all

who obey him the source of eternal salvation."

(Hebrews 5.9.)


What a way of going on! What a way to run the

universe! Its enough to make one stop the

world and get off. '--...to the Jews an obstacle

that they cannot get over, to the pagans

madness. . . .but to those who have been

called. . . .(this dying and rising dynamic is) the

power and wisdom of God.


This is how our glorification works, how we

come to be men and women fully alive.

Forever dying and rising, we grow, mature and

change. We change our priorities, we


reorientate our relationships, letting go and

finally even yielding up our spirit.


Well, it is the constant theme of Lent. And it is

Christian spirituality to take the risk of letting

go. This way we all keep our date with Jesus in

Gethsemane. This way we walk with Jesus as

he says we should and we are drawn into the

Paschal experience and the glory of God.