Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Reflection by: Fr. Alberto Bueno, T.O.R.
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
This Fifth Sunday of Lent brings us into the very threshold of the Passion of our Lord. The events of our Gospel take place after the raising of Lazarus and Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) and before the Passion of Jesus. Some Greek believers in God have come to share in the Passover celebration. They witnessed Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and want to meet Jesus personally. Philip and Andrew inform Jesus and He responds with, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified…” The Lord’s response to the believing Greeks is the Paschal Mystery itself; Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies…,” we know this truth. If one truly wants to know Jesus, we come to know him, as he truly is, only after the Resurrection. We are being invited today to enter into the Paschal Mystery as we will soon enter into Holy Week. To make Holy Week, especially the Paschal Triduum, an encounter with our saving Lord, Jesus Christ.