Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 17, 2024

Spending Our Lives in Self-giving

and Sacrificial Service


Today’s readings focus on the approaching death of Jesus which Paul considers a priestly sacrifice and John considers the moment of Jesus’ “exaltation” and “glorification.” The readings offer us a challenge. Just as Jesus became the “Promised Messiah of Glory” and the “Conquering Son of Man” by offering his life for others, we, too, if we would come to Heaven, must die to self by loving obedience, spending our lives in self-giving, sacrificial service. The Gospel hints at the inner struggle of Jesus in accepting the cup of suffering to inaugurate the New and Eternal Covenant. However, Jesus accepts the cross as his “hour,” meaning the stepping-stone to his passion, death, Resurrection, and exaltation. Jesus also considers his “hour” as the way of glorifying his Heavenly Father and of being glorified by his Father. In addition, it is the way by which all people will be drawn into the saving action of God. Finally, the “lifting up” of Jesus on the cross and later into Heavenly glory by Resurrection and Ascension is the assurance of our own exaltation and glorification, provided we accept our crosses.

The Gospel teaches us that new life and eternal life are made possible only by the death of the self through obedience, suffering and service. Salt gives its taste by dissolving in water. A candle gives light by having its wick burned and its wax melted. The oyster produces a priceless pearl by transforming a grain of sand through a long and painful process. Loving parents sacrifice themselves so that their children can enjoy a better life than they themselves have had. Let us pray that we may acquire this self-sacrificing spirit, especially during Lent.

Only a life spent for others will be glorified, sometimes here in this world, but always in Heaven. We know that the world owes everything to people who have spent their time and talents for God and for their fellow human beings. Mother Teresa, for instance, gave up her comfortable teaching career, and with just 5 rupees (17 cents) in her pocket began her challenging life for the “poorest of the poor” in the crowded slums of Calcutta. We see similar cases in the history of great saints, scientists, and benefactors of mankind in all walks of life. They chose to burn out rather than to rust out. Examples are the Rockefeller Foundation for scientific progress and the Bill Gates Foundation for AIDS Research. Let us, too, spend ourselves for others.

Fr. Anthony Kadavil 

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Fasting and Feasting:

Preparing Hearts for the Easter Mysteries


As we mark the progression of Lent week by week, we may be finding that the practices of prayer, fasting, and doing works of charity are becoming more like habits, like automatically putting our coins into the Rice Bowl for Catholic Relief Services. Or intentionally avoiding the fridge on fasting days. Try writing a note to a distant relative who may be lonely; you may bring joy to someone!


Fasting and feasting are the two sides of one coin. Being intentional about developing positive habits helps shake off not-so-good ones. When we carry these good habits beyond Lent, throughout the Easter Season, they may become more permanently a part of our regular routine. Take time during Lent to become more familiar with the Scriptures, simplifying your lives, and make room for works of mercy all year round. Also, try keeping in closer contact with relatives and past friends we have neglected for a bit.


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Dates to remember:

- Youth Confirmation: March 17, session at 4 PM

- OCIA Adults, Children, and Teens: March 17, session starts at 10 AM Mass, continue with Breaking Open the Word and Stations of the Cross in the Community Building.

- CCM and Sacramental Preparation: March 20, session at 4 PM.

- OCIA Adults, Children, and Teens: March 24, session starts at 10 AM Mass.


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