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Weekly Gospel Reflection

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

March 18, 2018 — Fifth Sunday of Lent
John 12:20-33
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

A mom wrote recently about her family’s evening prayer. The prayer usually ends with each person giving thanks for specific things. Mom began, as usual, by thanking Jesus for giving his life to open the gates of heaven. But on this occasion her seven-year-old son hid his face and said,” Don’t say that, Mommy!” “What is wrong?” asked Mom. “It’s too much,” he sobbed. “I don’t like to think about Jesus dying. He shouldn’t have to die!” Mom remarked that her son, so very sensitive, thinks that Jesus’ death for our sins is too much to bear.

We adults have perhaps become desensitized to the awfulness of Christ’s sufferings. If so, the remaining days of Lent should be a clarion call to reawaken in us all that Jesus endured. In today’s Gospel, some Greeks tell Philip, “We would like to see Jesus.” When Philip and Andrew relay their request to Jesus, it made him think about how he’d soon be lifted up on the cross for all to see. The terrible sufferings troubled Jesus, as two thousand years later they would trouble a seven-year-old boy. Jesus knew that if he kept preaching God’s love for all, he would be crucified. Yet he did not run away from the pain.

Why did Jesus have to suffer? Consider this: If Jesus came to earth today instead of two millennia ago, he would go to the most troubled places on earth. He’d tell terrorists of God’s love for them and for all people. He’d plead with them to stop killing innocent people. Of course, the terrorists would turn on Jesus and murder him in the most awful way possible.

Two thousand years ago, the enemies of Jesus did not want to listen to his message of love for all. Instigated by Satan, they crucified Jesus. He became the grain of wheat that fell to the ground and died. But his burial in the tomb produced much fruit, risen glory for Jesus and eternal life for those who follow him.

Today let’s ask Mary to help us imitate the seven-year-old in his sensitive appreciation for Christ’s sufferings: “Mary, we want to see Jesus, who was ‘lifted up from the earth’ to draw everyone to himself.”

Read last week's reflection.