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Sunday 5th (B) of Lent

Gospel text (Jn 12,20-33): «Sir, we wish to see Jesus». There were some Greeks who had come up to Jerusalem to worship during the feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, «Sir, we wish to see Jesus». Philip went to Andrew and the two of them told Jesus. Then Jesus said, «The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Those who love their life destroy it, and those who despise their life in this world keep it for everlasting life. Whoever wants to serve me, let him follow me and wherever I am, there shall my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

»Now my soul is in distress. Shall I say: ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But, I have come to this hour to face all this. Father, glorify your Name!». Then a voice came from heaven, «I have glorified it and I will glorify it again». People standing there heard something and said it was thunder; but others said, «An angel was speaking to him». Then Jesus declared, «This voice did not come for my sake but for yours; now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be cast down. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all to myself». With these words Jesus referred to the kind of death He was to die.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, some Greeks who went up to Jerusalem want to see Jesus. The Lord was told so and answered: «The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, if a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it produces much fruit». They did not expect such a reaction! They will see Jesus, but they will see Him on the Cross, lifted up from the earth, giving His life for the world.

—«Then a voice came from heaven, I have glorified it and will glorify it again». The Father will support the Son, so that He may be lifted up and endure the Cross for love. This is His hour!

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