In this week’s Encountering the Word video for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B), Jeff Cavins shows us how to overcome the fear of death as he reflects on the Sunday Readings.
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9
Verse Before the Gospel: John 12:26
Gospel: John 12:20-33
"In the Gospel reading this week, Jesus is telling us that there's going to be a great value in his death and that he is going to die and he is going to produce fruit which is you and me, it is our souls, we have been saved by the death and the burial in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And so what he is telling us about the grain of wheat that once it's put into the ground that is where the life comes from. He is saying the same about himself and that as a result of his dying and being put into the ground the grave and then rising from the death it's going to bring forth fruit for the whole world and it's going to be eternal fruit.
Now, in our life it's the same thing: God uses us if we are in Christ and we must die to ourselves. Paul put it this way in Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and it's no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and delivered himself up for me. As Christians we cannot be afraid of dying for that is the place of power resurrection and new life and fruitfulness..."