March 18th: Fifth Sunday of Lent
Dear Parish Family,
When we think about important people, we may call to mind famous people: celebrities or politicians, sports stars or successful business leaders. But there are other people who are not famous: they are people caring for sick relatives, people carrying crosses without grumbling, those giving encouragement to others, those who bring the love of God to others, those who witness to Jesus in small ways. These are the really great people in our world. Why? Because a great goal scored during a championship or a successful business deal will not last into eternity. However, a cup of cold water given in the name of Christ, an act of kindness to someone who is ill, a Hail Mary for someone in need—these will last into eternity. These are the people who God would see as great.
And what about Jesus? At the wedding in Cana Jesus said his hour had not yet come but in today’s Gospel he says his hour has come for him to be glorified. Strange, isn’t it, that the hour of glory for Jesus is his passion and death because when he is lifted up from the earth he will draw all men to himself. Jesus’ glory is not what the world thinks glorious because the world does not see as God sees. Who would have thought that Jesus, son of the Father, the Messiah, would have to suffer? Yet that is precisely how he was perfected. Although he was Son, he learn to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation. Through Isaiah God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways...For the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.” Sometimes we give the glory to what is strong and powerful, but God delights in those who revere hi and wait for his love. God des not look at appearances, God looks at the heart. St. Paul wrote, “God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise; he chose those who by human standards are weak to shame the strong...God delights I those who do his will, in those who, like a wheat grain falls on the ground, dies, and yields a rich harvest of love for others.
As we continue our journey through Lent and draw near Holy Week, let us ponder on Jesus, the grain of wheat who fell on the ground an died but yielded a rich harvest. As we die to ourselves during Lent through our penance, may we produce a rich harvest and celebrate that harvest during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
Please continue to pray for our catechumens who will receive the Sacrament of Initiation at the Easter Vigil this year.
God bless you all!
Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG