Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this Fifth Sunday in Lent there is a change of tone and emphasis regarding the days ahead. Though some six centuries before the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth the prophet Jeremiah heralds: Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with His people. This new covenant is inscribed upon the hearts of all those who have been Baptized into the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord. It is most important to remember that we are not passive recipients of the Covenant, but that is takes two parties, God and each one of us individually, to ratify the Covenant. How then is this accomplished? The answer is before us in today’s Gospel: “…and once I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.
Did not Our Divine Savior say repeatedly:…”that if you would be my disciple you must die to yourself, take up your cross and follow me.”? That is our affirmation of the New Covenant. It is the course of life that we are set upon. These forthcoming days set the Cross before our eyes. We recognize that the Cross bore the weight of our sins as Jesus took them all upon Himself. He and our Heavenly Father along with the Holy Spirit longed to show we creatures the immensity of their love for us. What more could God possibly have done for us that He has not done?
When we contemplate this New Covenant, forged in the mystery of the Cross, it should create a longing within us to make a return to the Lord. Abundant graces are bestowed upon those who participate in these most important days ahead. If unable to be in person, sanctify the High Holy Days of our Faith by virtual attendance. Be honest about recognizing the spiritual hunger within you because of social restrictions and ask Our Lord to satisfy your longing until you can soon be in His Presence again.
God’s peace be upon you as we make our ascent to Calvary,