Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 11  (Cycle B) Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 18 (Cycle B)
First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Second Reading:
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21
First Reading: Jerimiah 31:31-34
Second Reading:  Hebrews 5:7-9
Gospel:  John 12:20-33
 The second part of today’s Gospel is a theological reflection on Jesus’ words to Nicodemus.  The Gospel of John is known for this kind of reflection offered within the narrative. The words of the Evangelist are in continuity with the words of the prologue to John’s Gospel.  In these reflections, John elaborates on many themes that are found in his Gospel: light and darkness, belief and unbelief, good and evil, salvation and condemnation.

 In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of real resurrection.  And he tells his followers that the only way to come to this life of glory is by dying.  The image of the grain of wheat offers a powerful example of this reality.  A single seed is limited and alone.  But if the seed dies to its present state, it will grow into a stalk filed with seeds.  The message for us is that the present is good, but because Christ has brought an end to death through his own death and resurrection, we can look forward to a future that will be far more than our limited lives here and now.  

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Relate a recent experience when you felt light and/or love.

Tell about a time you believed in God’s love for you.

Describe an experience in your life when “seeds” fell fruitlessly but later blossomed.

What struggles have you let go of recently?

Whose life and struggles encourage you and why?


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