Readings for March 21, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15
God tells Jeremiah, “The days are coming … All, from the least to the greatest, shall know me … For I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.” Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise, which Paul affirms, writing “when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” But Jesus must first suffer, both physically and mentally for our sins. While “troubled,” he accepts his suffering to glorify God’s name, who answers in a thunderous voice for all to hear, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
Indeed the days are coming. Soon we will celebrate Holy Week, beginning with Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, leading to his arrest, scourging, and crucifixion. And as we now know, because God has written His Law in our hearts, it was Jesus’ suffering on the Cross that saved us, glorifying God through his resurrection.
But for now there is still our own Lent to complete. As we attempt to increase or own holiness, may our fasting and prayer sanctify and steel us for the coming Passion so that we can share wholly in Christ’s resurrection.
Lord Jesus, you were “troubled” but accepted your Cross for love of me. Teach me your ways of humility that I, too, may accept my Cross for love of you. Amen