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Engaging the Word: March 22nd, 2015

Readings

1st Reading: Jeremiah 31: 31-34
Responsorial: Psalms 51: 3-4, 12-15
2nd Reading: Hebrews 5: 7-9
Gospel: John 12: 20-33

When the Greeks showed up Jesus knew that this little ministry of his was really taking off. With folks starting to show up from other parts of the Roman Empire it was clear that not only the religious leaders in Jerusalem were going to be irritated but the Roman political leadership would probably not be all that happy either. So it was a moment of truth. What would Jesus do? He could have told Philip and Andrew to tell the Greeks to go home and told them too, “Hey this has been fun, but I think that’s all for now.” He could have been satisfied with sharing the Good News that the Kingdom of God is at hand and that we have the power by grace to stop whatever is keeping us out of it and step into it just with the few folks who had already heard him and just gone back to the carpentry business.

Rather that calling it a day for his ministry and going back to his relatively hidden life to live out a nice long life having helped a few other folks come to better know the love of God and their power to share it, Jesus kept going. He knows that being true to his mission is probably going to get him killed, but if he doesn’t share the Good News as broadly as he can he may as well be dead already. If he hadn’t kept it up you would not be reading this bulletin right now much less know the fullness of the love God has for you.

As we conclude this Lent let’s pray for the grace to come to know God’s call to us and for the courage to follow it no matter the cost. Let’s bear the fruit we are meant to bear.

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