Scripture Reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Year B, Lectionary 35

When our hour comes are we prepared to let go and produce fruit for God? Are we able to read the signs and know when we are called to be obedient in our journey to Calvary? Only by being attentive and making room for God can we receive God's law into our hearts and endure past the wordly suffering into God's glory.

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Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15
Hebrews 5:7-9

“through the eyes of faith the letter to the Hebrews is revealing to us that what looks like an execution is actually an ordination”

Catholic Productions | "Jesus' Priestly Ordination" | Brant Pitre | March 24, 2021
John 12:20-33

“What is that relationship, that comfort zone, that habit, that thing in me, about me that I need to let go of in order to yield fruits, in order to get to something greater?”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | March 11, 2024

“everyone’s moment of Calvary, of self-sacrifice, everyone’s hour is a bit different but everyone has their hour. Christ calls each one of us to follow him up the hill of Calvary.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "When your Hour comes" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | March 16, 2024

“I pray for you as I pray for myself on this day that God may grant us the grace to recognize…what each hour is meant for and to make the best of each hour so as to bring about the fulfillment of God's best purpose for each one of us through Christ our Lord”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | March 18, 2021

“if we not only see but know him, should we not be able to show him to others?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | March 21, 2021

“We know when we look back we realize that indeed all of us are challenged to walk that journey of faith, all of us are challenged to see if we truly believe what we say we believe especially in those darkest hours”

Fr. Tony Ricard | March 17, 2024

“The Son of man will be lifted up, did he take you with him?”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | March 17, 2024

“he's using imagery here both from the wheat but also just from the language of losing your life to try to teach that message to disciples, to try to open up the mystery of the cross to them”

Catholic Productions | "Jesus' Hour" | Brant Pitre | March 16, 2021

“he's revealing to us that Jesus himself saw his cross as like the great cosmic exorcism of the world”

Catholic Productions | "The Great Cosmic Exorcism" | Brant Pitre | June 10, 2021
Overall Readings

“Now here’s a fine vocation for every one of us, to be like Philip and Andrew, someone who brings people to Jesus”

"Those who love their life will lose it" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | March 10, 2024

“Why are we so afraid then to hit the delete button of hurt, hate and guilt from our hearts and minds? Are we afraid of a new start or a new beginning?”

Catholic Women Preach | Susan Nchubiri, MM | March 17, 2024

“We cannot forget that God is all merciful and all loving so it's never too late to re-engage not just with your hopes and dreams for Lent but beyond that, in your desire to continue to draw nearer to God and that is a lifetime journey”

Église catholique à Montréal | Cynthia Paginado | March 17, 2021

“What is it about your life that attracts people? Can they see something going on? Can they feel the love coming from your heart?”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | March 21, 2021

“It is in the sacredness of the daily where we too learn obedience, where we learn not to be afraid neither of the new nor of the ordinary, where we become willing to risk loving in such a way that we too might even be accused of being a follower of Christ”

Catholic Women Preach | Jessica Kerber, aci | March 18, 2018

“God has this magnetizing love that will not rest until we are completely wrapped up in him, all of our hopes and all of our sorrows too”

Catholic Women Preach | Grace Salceanu | March 21, 2021