Fifth Sunday of Lent

 


First Reading:  Jeremiah 31:31-34


The new covenant, written on the human
heart


The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and the house of Judah. It
will not be like the covenant that I made
with their ancestors when I took them by the
hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt ”
a covenant that they broke, though I was
their husband, says the Lord.


But this is the covenant that I will make with
the house of Israel after those days, says the
Lord: I will put my law within them, and I
will write it on their hearts; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people. No
longer shall they teach one another, or say to
each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall
all know me, from the least of them to the
greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive
their iniquity, and remember their sin no
more.

 


Responsorial: from Psalm 51


R./: Create a clean heart in me, O God


Have mercy on me, O God, in your
goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe
out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and cleanse me of my sin . (R./)


Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me out from your presence,
and do not take from me your Holy Spirit.
(R./)


Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners shall return to you. (R./)

Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-10


The anguish of Jesus, faced with his passion


In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up
prayers and supplications, with loud cries
and tears, to the one who was able to save
him from death, and he was heard because
of his reverent submission. Although he was
a Son, he learned obedience through what he
suffered; and having been made perfect, he
became the source of eternal salvation for all
who obey him, having been designated by
God a high priest according to the order of
Melchizedek.

 


Gospel: John 12:20-30


By losing their life, the followers of Jesus
will find it in a new way


Now among those who went up to worship
at the festival were some Greeks. They came
to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew
and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus
answered them, “The hour has come for the
Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell
you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the
earth and dies, it remains just a single grain;
but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who
love their life lose it, and those who hate
their life in this world will keep it for eternal
life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and
where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.


“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I
say ” ‘ Father, save me from this hour’? No, it
is for this reason that I have come to this
our. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice
came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I
will glorify it again.” The crowd standing
there heard it and said that it was thunder.
Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Jesus answered, “This voice has come for
your sake, not for mine.”