Sunday Reflection

Sunday Reflection by Father Anthony

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

I welcome you to this 5th Sunday of Lent! You must realize how fast the season of Lent is moving!

 From today's Gospel reading, we see people being drawn to Jerusalem for the celebration of The Passover among them were Jews and non-Jews. When the Greeks approach Philip, they showed interest of seeing Jesus. So Philip went to Andrew and they told Jesus about those who were interested in seeing him and getting to know him. And what does Jesus do? He begins to speak about the HOUR! The HOUR means Jesus' long awaited humiliation, suffering and dying on the cross! That is why Jesus says…Truly I say to you , unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." Jesus gave this revelation when the opportunity arose. He wanted this to be very clear to those who wanted to see him both the Jews and the Gentiles that his Kingdom would be extended to the whole earth through his dying on the Cross through which he would be glorified. So much as the cross revealed the worst of what was going to happen to Jesus, it is through the same Cross that salvation was to come to humankind. So we can look at the Cross of Jesus as a process through which our lives can be glorified and illumined from our sinfulness to holiness, from humiliation to victory  and giving us new meaning and purpose!