Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year B - 18 March 2018
Readings: Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33
Haere mai e te whanau, Tena koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.
‘Sir we would like to see Jesus,’ so said the Greek visitors to Philip who, in turn, goes to Andrew, and Andrew to Jesus. In the Gospels Andrew is portrayed as the “introducer.” He introduces Peter to Jesus… He is aware of the “small boy who has five loaves and two fish…” Today he introduces the Greeks to Jesus…
But what a strange welcome! “The grain of wheat must die…”
In other words, knowing Jesus, meeting Jesus, is not about attaining prestige or being able to “name drop” but rather being invited into the very heart of God which necessarily involves dying to self…
In all likelihood those who helped sow the seed of faith within our hearts - parents, teachers, or complete strangers from other cultures - portrayed an element of sacrifice, and possessed a quality of self-effacement. In turn these qualities become the soil for faith…
With every blessing in Christ, Michael McCabe, Parish Priest