Fifth Sunday in Lent – 18th March 2018

Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts.
Then I will be their God and they shall be my people….
They will all know me, the least no less than the greatest….
Since I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sins to mind.
First Reading

Jesus clearly identified himself with the ‘least’ rather than with the ‘greatest’. To the truly poor of his time he took the good news that God’s presence was with them in a special way. He encouraged them to believe in that presence and to allow it to give new meaning and new hope to their lives.

Deep within our hearts we ‘know’ God in the way Jesus wanted people to discover God. The Gospel today speaks of a ‘dying’ to be endured if the seed planted is to come to life. The questions the readings pose for us, then, are: How can I nurture this ‘knowing’ which is deep within my own heart? What do I need to weed out if this knowing is to grow within me?

Reflections for Sundays
“God is With Us”
Michael Morwood MSC