5th Sunday of Lent Year B


As Lent draws near to its end, this Sunday’s readings encourage us to stir from our own darkness and turn towards growth and transformation out of pain and suffering. Prophet Jeremiah makes a great proclamation: ‘See, the days are coming … when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel’. This covenant, a testament to God’s eternal love and forgiveness, is not just a promise, but a deep inscription within our hearts. It is this very promise that led Christ to become human, to share in our suffering, forever praying for us and with us. In him, all suffering and death are transfigured into growth and new life through his resurrection.

Reflecting on this Sunday’s Psalm, let us remember that these words would have been familiar to Jesus as he prayed for us during his time on earth. His earnest encouragement to turn from our sinful ways toward God’s love and compassion is a testament to his deep love for us.

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of the suffering and death he will soon face. He knows he could ask his Father to save him from this fate, but instead, he willingly makes a choice that leads to our salvation. Jesus invites us to follow his way of life. It is not an easy path, but Christ is always with us, helping and sustaining us.

This week, let us pray that God’s infinite grace will help us remain faithful to his law.

Joy and peace.