Homily for Sunday of Lent Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah 

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Homily for Sunday of Lent Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9
Gospel: John 12:20-33

Theme: ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’


It is a fact that life is full of uncertainties. We do not know what will happen in the next hour, what more to say tomorrow. As human beings, we plan both our lives and our schedules as best as we can. However as much as we can plan, nobody knows what will happen next or whether things will turn out as planned. Sometimes life becomes so unbearable that we wish to give up. But there’s a turning point to every situation and this is exactly what our readings of today talk about.

The first reading from the Prophet Jeremiah is called the Prophecy of the New Covenant. The Prophet Jeremiah says that the days are coming when God will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah. In this new covenant, God will forgive the sins of the people and everybody will come to know God. This message was addressed to the Jews who were in exile in Babylon. What makes this covenant so unique and special is that, unlike the Sinaitic covenant which was given on stones of tablets, this time around it will be engraved in the hearts of men, so that they can obey God. What was more soothing than hearing this assurance from God Himself. Their days of captivity will be over very soon. God has finally heard their prayers of anguish and sufferings.

In the second reading, the author of the book of Hebrews mentions that while on earth, Jesus offered prayers to God to save him out of death. He submitted in humility that his prayers were heard. Here the entire life of Jesus is presented to us as a life filled with prayer and because of this he was heard by God. Jesus was not spared death but he did not remain in death. He rose from the dead and the resurrection is the answer of God to the crucified one. This pericope teaches us not to relent in prayer even though sometimes we may not receive the exact answers to our prayers. We should rather submit to God in obedience and humility and allow the will of God to prevail.

In our gospel reading of today we hear Jesus talking about the much anticipated hour, which has drawn near and he wished that the Father would save him from this hour. But it was because of this same hour that he had come into the world. Jesus said that the hour of suffering, betrayal, pains, rejection had come but he prayed to the Father to glorify him and added that ‘A grain of wheat bears fruit only when it falls and dies’, indicating his death and resurrection.

At the beginning of the Gospel reading we are introduced to two people who approach one of the disciples of Jesus and express their wish in a very simple way, ‘We should like to see Jesus’. They are described as ‘Greeks’. In saying to Philip, ‘We want to see Jesus’, they are giving expression to their deeper religious longings. No matter where we are on our own faith journey, there is a sense in which we can always say, ‘We want to see Jesus’. Those two Greeks were at the very beginning of their faith journey as followers of Jesus yet their wish is appropriate for every stage of the journey. When it comes to the Lord, there is always more to be seen. When it comes to our relationship with the Lord, there is always room for growth.



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  1. Frederick Adade says

    God bless you

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