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Sunday 22 March 2015 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sowing grains of wheat

If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest

As we face the challenge of entering deeply into the climax of the Church’s year of faith - the commemoration of the Saviour’s Paschal mystery - it is as if the liturgy of this last Sunday of our journey anticipates our mood and reassures us. The readings bring us some of the greatest texts of the Scriptures, texts which - as we stand among the Greek pilgrims who wanted to 'see Jesus' - help us, in the words of the gospel, to come to terms with 'the kind of death Jesus was to die'.

The horror of the Saviour’s Cross is plainly stated: His 'obedience' to the Father’s will, according the letter to the Hebrews, is made with 'prayer and entreaty, with loud cries and tears. And John’s gospel tells us, 'his soul was troubled,' as his fateful 'hour' approached – in which he was to give all, like 'a wheat grain' which 'falls on the ground and dies'.

If he invites us to share this fate with him – 'wherever I am, my servant will be there too' – he also helps us to trust in his Father, as we face the ordeals of our personal lives. His prayer is 'heard,' and through the sufferings which have been a sharing in the destructiveness and darkness of our world, he enters into a new and final existence. In the words of the letter to the Hebrews, he is 'made perfect'; as John’s gospel puts it, he is 'glorified.' This is a powerful statement in biblical language - God’s 'glory' is the incomparable divine greatness. Having 'emptied himself' to become one with us, the manhood he shares with us is now filled with divine greatness – and the grain which falls to the ground 'yields a rich harvest,' transforming the whole of creation.

Excerpt from Fr John Thornhill sm

Lenten candleTaizé Prayer Meetings

Just a reminder that the FCJ Sisters invite parishioners to the next Taizé Prayer Meeting. Please come and experience.

Monday 23 March (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

FCJ Community House
1 Moonbria Avenue, Kew
(Corner Mont Victor Road)