Year B, Lectionary 35
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
"‘Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains alone.’ This mini-parable from Christ about the grain that dies, about losing our life in order to save it for eternity, forebodes his own impending death on the Cross. But how is it that we must die to avoid being alone? Isn’t it precisely death that makes us most completely alone?"
Fr. Matthew Jarvis. "Simplify My Heart." Torch. March 18, 2021
"Jesus is near his end in the gospel of today. The acclamation of Palm Sunday is over and the crowds melt away. Jewish plotting for his arrest is stealthily working. What precipitates his words, 'Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified', is the approach for the first time in his ministry of Greeks (Gentiles) seeking him out. It was 'to gather into one the dispersed children of God' that..."
Fr. Theodore Taylor. "Keeping Company with the Lord." Torch. March 29, 2009
"From time to time, probably, all Christians ask themselves, 'what would it have been like to have been in the gospels, to have seen Christ face to face?' Today we get our question answered. We came to know Jesus not by having met him during his life on earth. Rather we were introduced to him by reputation: those who formed us in the Christian faith told us about him. But just knowing things about Jesus..."
Fr. Benjamin Earl. "Seeing the Christ." Torch. April 2, 2006
"Our Lord's words establish a direct relationship between the grain of wheat falling into the ground, seeming dead in itself and corrupting in the earth but finally bursting into new life, and his glorification as Son of Man. That is to say, the seemingly insignificant events in the cosmos are related to himself and his glorification, but in itself his glorification as Son of Man will exist eternally."
Fr. Edward Booth. "A Voice Came From Heaven." Torch. April 6, 2003
"Today’s readings are meant to turn our attention on the approaching death of Jesus which Paul considers as a priestly sacrifice and John as an “exaltation” and “glorification.” The readings offer us a challenge. Just as Jesus became the “Promised Messiah of Glory” and the “Conquering Son of Man” by offering his life for others, we, too, if we truly desire to make it into Heaven, must die to self by loving obedience, and by..."
Father Lawrence Obilor. "Glorified through suffering." A Catholic Moment. March 21, 2021
"In this Lent of Year B, we are taking a survey through the Old Testament of the great covenant moments. We have seen the Noahic covenant, the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic covenant, the covenant failure of Israel resulting in exile, and now finally, on this fifth week, we witness the promise of the New Covenant through the voice of the prophet Jeremiah. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks in ominous terms about the coming suffering that..."
John Bergsma. "The New Covenant." The Sacred Page. March 20, 2021
"Today’s Gospel sets the scene for the forthcoming drama of Holy Week. Jesus is, in effect, telling his disciples both that his work of preaching is over and also – something difficult to grasp – that a final cosmic battle with Satan is about to begin. This battle will involve his death, but that death will be unimaginably fruitful in defeating evil and granting his followers access to eternal life."
Fr. John Patrick Kenrick. "Learning to Obey God." Torch. March 14, 2018
"John's Gospel is building to a show-down. You can feel the rising tension. The Pharisees are watching for an opportunity to attack Jesus. And as they complain in the verse immediately preceding our passage, Jesus is increasingly the focus of wider attention: 'the world has come after him'. At Cana, at the outset of his public ministry, Jesus told his Mother that his 'hour' had not yet come. Now, he tells us, it is here...."
Fr. Richard Finn. "Poison and Antidote." Torch. March 25, 2012