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March 21, 2021

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover, Jesus announced to his disciples, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” In Jesus’ time, the Jewish people were looking for a Messiah who would set them free from the oppressive rule of Rome. However, Jesus came to bring us to a new covenant relationship with God that would not end with death but lead to eternal life.

Jesus knew that the only way to a decisive victory for God’s kingdom on the earth would be through his voluntary suffering. He saw his death on the cross as a triumph over the powers of sin.  Jesus took our sins upon himself and nailed them to the cross to set us free from condemnation to death and destruction, and the eternal consequence of separation from God.

There is a great paradox here. Death leads to life, As the example of a grain of wheat in today’s gospel, only when it falls to the ground and dies, does it produce fruit.  When we die to ourselves – to our sinful pride and disobedience – we receive forgiveness and the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.  This frees us to love and serve others, and follow God faithfully. It is the gift of grace and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to live as children of God.

copyright © 2021 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager

Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM  87108
Parish Office (505)256-9818