St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
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|“Whoever loves his life loses it, whoever hates his life
in this world will preserve it for eternal life.”
|Focus on the Gospel
March 18, Fifth Sunday of Lent
| Jesus is explaining why he must die and rise from the dead. Jesus knew that a seed that takes
root in the ground loses it appearance and becomes a plant with flowers, leaves, and new seeds that
can provide food for man and beast, along with other seeds that fall to the ground to repeat the
life-generating process. In order to save, sanctify, and teach us how to live, Jesus must die and rise
from the dead. Jesus is teaching us that we must die to our self, to our self-centeredness and
selfishness, in order to grow to be the person God created us to be, for ourselves and for others.
Jesus did not die for his own benefit. As we approach the end of Lent, we can prepare for the
celebration of the Triduum [Holy Thursday through the beginning of the Easter Vigil] and the Joy of
the Resurrection by prayerfully contemplating how we can die to the person we have been and
grow to be a person for others. For an example, we can look to Jesus.
|Though harshly treated, He submitted and
did not open His mouth; like a lamb led to
slaughter or a sheep silent before shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
Seized and condemned, He was taken away.
Who would have thought any more of His
destiny? For He was cut off from the land of
the living, struck for the sins of His people.
He was given a grave among the wicked,
a burial place with evildoers,
though He had done no wrong,
nor was deceit found in His mouth.
But it was the Lord’s will to crush Him with
pain. By making His life as a reparation
offering, He shall see His offspring, shall
lengthen His days, and the Lord’s will
shall be accomplished through Him.”
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