5th Sunday of Lent
The promise of the New Covenant in Jeremiah (Jer. 31:31-34) is similar to the Covenant God made with Noah. Both Covenants occurred after the people sinned. These Lenten readings assure us of God’s commitment to save us in spite of the repeated human failures to obey God’s Commandments.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus provides the reason to remain faithful to God’s Covenant: eternal life. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single grain…” The Lord assures eternal life to those who are willing to take the risk. Jesus understands how difficult faithfulness is because he himself struggled to accept the cross. It is not easy to undergo suffering and death in our lives but Jesus has shown us the way.
This Lent we are called to die to our own selfishness and other sins in order to bear good fruits in our Life of Faith. Have we broken our promises lately? Are we willing to die to our “egoism” in order to renew our commitment to God and neighbor? During the remaining days of Lent let us spend some time reflecting on the reality of our human condition.
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS