5th Sunday of Lent
April 6, 2003
Reading I: Jeremiah 31:31-34 II: Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
21 So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa'ida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.
27 "Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
29 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
30 Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.
31 Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out;
32 and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."
33 He said this to show by what death he was to die.

Interesting Details
One Main Point

The main part of this Gospel speaks of the necessity of the death of Jesus for universal salvation. Only by the surrender of his life could Christ bear fruit, that is to bring all people to salvation, Jews and Gentiles alike.

  1. Try to put yourself at the moment when you heard what God the Father has said: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again (v.28)". Jesus said that the message is intended for you. He looks at you. What do you think God the Father means to tell you? What kind of response do you present to Him?
  2. Does this Gospel passage challenge you against your present way of living? Did you ever introduce anyone to Jesus? What will be your response when someone told you they were wondering about the meaning of life?
  3. The thought of death saddens Jesus (v.27), but He turns to the Father in prayer. Are you saddened by Jesus' call to follow Him? To hate your life? And to be buried like the grain of wheat into the ground? What is your answer to his call?

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