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THE HOUR OF GLORIFICATION

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes

Introduction

When we remem­ber that this Sunday is the last Sunday of lent and, that next Sunday (March 25 2018) will be Palm (or Pas­sion) Sunday, then, we will not be sur­prised by the tone of the Gos­pel read­ing of this Sunday. The Greeks who wanted to see Jesus were cer­tainly not pros­elytes but God-fear­ers. A pros­elyte is a new con­vert, espe­cially one who is con­ver­ted to Juda­ism. The God-fear­ers were those attrac­ted to Juda­ism due to its mono­the­ism and mor­al­ity, but deterred by its excess­ive nation­al­ism and require­ment like cir­cum­cision. They wor­shiped in the syn­agogues but did not become con­verts to Juda­ism. As noted in the 3rd Sunday of Lent, the selling and buy­ing and chan­ging of money took place in the por­tion of the temple assigned to them. Many came to wor­ship at the major Jew­ish fest­ivals without being pros­elytes (con­ver­ted) to Juda­ism, such as, the Ethiopi­an eunuch in Acts 8:27,.…

The hour of Jesus

The Gos­pel accord­ing to John is not only theo­lo­gic­ally foun­ded, it is also meta­phys­ic­al. Speak­ing about Jesus to his dis­ciples, John the Bap­tizer said “the one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heav­en is above all” (John 3:3). When Jesus told the Jews that he will go away and that they will look for him, but they will not find him, and that they can­not even come where he was going, the Jews con­cluded he was going to com­mit sui­cide (cf. John 8:21–22). Con­tinu­ing, Jesus said to them “you are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world” (John 8:23). This was the bone of con­ten­tion. Jesus is from above, while the Jews are from below. While Jesus spoke theo­lo­gic­al and divine lan­guages, the Jews spoke earthly and human lan­guages. Hence, they mis­un­der­stood everything Jesus.…

Conclusion

Like the Greeks, we all need to seek and speak with Jesus. But, instead of ask­ing us our prob­lems, suf­fer­ings, dif­fi­culties, sick­nesses as we would have expec­ted, Jesus makes known to us the hour of sal­va­tion, and lays before us the prin­ciple of life. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). This is a beau­ti­ful pic­ture of the sac­ri­fice of Christ. Unless we die to sin, dis­crim­in­a­tion, manipulations,.….

FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPIES OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE: SUNDAY REFLECTIONS” (vols. I and II)!! The reflec­tion for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (B) is found in vol. II pages 150–159. Happy reading!

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