Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 21, 2021

Today we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. In today’s first reading the prophet Jeremiah reveals that God is about to establish a new covenant with His people. Time and time again Israel broke the covenant God had established with them although He had led them out of slavery and provided for them in the desert. Now God will place His law within them and write it upon their hearts. He will be their God and they shall be His people. With Israel we respond with today’s responsorial psalm, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Psalm 51, our penitential psalm, especially appropriate for Lent, begs God for compassion and mercy. Today’s Gospel has some Greeks coming up to Philip asking, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” Perhaps they were curious to see if all the rumors they had heard were true. Perhaps they were hoping to see Jesus perform a miracle. Whatever their reason Jesus begins to reveal the road ahead; “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” In St. John’s Gospel all events lead to “the hour.” Jesus’ death on the cross will be that ‘hour.’ In predicting His death, Jesus goes on to say, “But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.” As Lent continues we are headed to that hour of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice and love for us. He says to us, as He says to the disciples, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also my servant will be.”

In addition to our regularly scheduled confession times on Saturdays from 4:15 to 4:45pm, please mark your calendars for our special Lenten morning of confessions this coming Saturday, March 27th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. In today’s bulletin we have inserted a couple of helpful guides for making a good confession; a simple step-by-step guide if you have been away from the sacrament and are unsure of what to say; and a simple way to examine your conscience in preparation for the sacrament. I hope you find these helpful and useful.

Many thanks to all who came out this weekend for our Garden Clean-up. The grounds and gardens surrounding our beautiful Church are ways to show our vitality and pride in our parish. The hard work of maintaining these is a labor of love and a witness to parishioners willingness to share their time and talents for St. Luke’s. We have a beautiful campus and a beautiful community. Thanks one and all.

We continue to post Online giving on the back of the bulletin to encourage as many parishioners as possible to use this means of sharing their treasures with St. Luke’s. It is simple and effective in keeping us able to do all that God is calling us to do. If you are hesitant to try online giving, or are not sure, please contact Donna in the parish office. She is more than happy to help get you set up.

This coming Thursday is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, an important feast that remains in the season of Lent. “The Annunciation can be thought of a precursor to Pentecost: “the gift of the Holy Spirit comes upon” Mary and imparts to her the gift of all gifts, a divine Son. Now through the Spirit’ work in the Church, every Christian likewise has an experience of the Annunciation; we become “Christophers” – that is, Christ bearers. By the “power of the most high” the Word comes to us that we might bear Him at all times. Join me for Holy Mass this Thursday at 8:00am as we celebrate Mary’s yes to God.

Finally today, as Easter draws nearer, just a reminder to be sure to get your Easter Flower envelopes turned in, in order to have names of those you would like to remember/honor included in our Easter bulletin.   The deadline for the Easter bulletin (04/04/21) is March 25.  All names received on or after that date (03/25/21) will be published in the following week’s bulletin (04/11/21).

God Bless! Repent and believe in the Gospel!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete