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5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Gospel today gives us insight into the soul of Jesus who is preparing himself for death. “Now is the time of judgment on this world, now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself”. These are the words of Jesus foretelling his death on the cross. He calls it “elevation”, because it will bring to the people salvation and in consequence, it will attract them to God. This way God will defeated Satan and sin: “The ruler of this world will be driven out”. The moment of its salutary martyrdom, Jesus calls “a coming hour”, in which He himself will be glorified by his Father. He must to give his life; he must die-away to give a fruit of the resurrection. It is a price of God’s love and of a true life in God. The way to be with God is a service and subordination to the will of God, whose culmination point is martyrdom on the cross. Although we can feel the fear of Jesus before its hour, He knows it is the best plan of His Father to save the people from eternal condemnation and to unite them to God. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews shows this discord of Jesus walking to death, but he noticed Jesus decided to fulfill the will of God because this is why He has come to the earth: to bring to the people salvation. It is a sign of love of God toward his people. In Jesus Christ the days were coming to us, when God made a new covenant with the house of Israel (the Church). In this covenant each of us is loved by God and redeemed unless someone rejects this covenant. God is powerless then. Let’s follow the Psalmists refrain today to be sure we are in a good way: “Create a clean heart in me, o God”, to worship you and love.