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Fifth Sunday of Lent
Mar 18, 2018 | dying to self, eternal life, Garden of Eden, God's Kingdom, heaven, Jesus, Paradise, trust
1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
2nd Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9
Gospel: John 12:20-33
Jesus goes before us to show us the way. He told his disciples about the grain of wheat that must die if it is to bear much fruit. But why do we have to die? Because of the Sin of Adam and Eve. So Jesus takes us to a new level – if we die to our earthly desires, we will reign with Him in Heaven. Before, we were promised Paradise, the Garden of Eden. Now we can go to Heaven if we follow Jesus.
We know that we must give up sinning. But what else? Even good things too, not that they are sinful but if God does not want us to have those things or do certain good things, we shouldn't try. In other words, to be with God in His Kingdom and to die to ourselves on earth, we need to be obedient. Pope St. John Paul II wanted to be a Carmelite but his bishop, when he was in the seminary, did not allow this.
God knows all the hows and whys of life. We certainly don't even though we might be tempted to think we do. God's way is best. We need to trust. Specifically, we need to trust Jesus.
Jesus, I trust in You. All will work out for the best – maybe not the way we might like, but the way that truly is best – eternal life with God.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD