The First Reading of this Fifth Sunday of Lent comes from two chapters of the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah called “the little book of consolation”. Jeremiah, son of a priest lived around the time of siege and destruction of
At the time when Jesus walked the surface of the earth the Greeks were seasoned wanderers. They had the money. They were like yesterday's jet set with an insatiable desire to see fresh places and taste new ideas. Being smart tourists they knew the time to be in
With the “hour has come” Jesus foretells for the last time his death and resurrection, with the powerful parable of the grain of wheat having to die in order for the plant to grow and produce much fruit. We can call this paradoxical wisdom of emptying in order to become full, of dying so that we may be raised to new life. I am reminded of a story of a very successful person going to a Zen Master seeking the meaning of life. The visitor began telling all about his ideas, his achievements and his interests. While the visitor was talking and talking the Zen Master put a cup in front of him and began serving tea. Even after the cup was filled, he continued pouring tea. The visitor jumped away from the overflowing cup saying to the Zen Mater: “The cup is overflowing! Don’t you see that not more will go in?” To which the Master responded: “Like this cup, you are overflowing with your own views and accomplishments. I have no way of showing you Zen, unless you first empty your cup”.
After receiving feedback from my dear readers that the scripture website sometimes was confusing (particularly on dates when several readings are available to choose from), I have created a dedicated blog posting only the scripture text I am referring to in any given commentary. For this one, the complete text of the readings at: http://scriptures-my-journey-oflife-andfaith.blogspot.com/2009/03/fifth-sunday-of-lent.html
With God’s Love and Blessings,