Fifth Sunday of Lent. “We should like to see Jesus.”

Fifth Sunday of Lent.

We would like to see Jesus

There are always transition moments in life, and in this Sunday’s Gospel we find such a moment in the life of the Lord. The approach of some Greeks may seem insignificant to us, but for the Lord it was a sign that his message was reaching out beyond the Jewish experience.

He uses the image of the seed that must die to produce a rich harvest, so his death will reach beyond the field of the Israel to encompass the whole human race, including us. This week as we enter into the final phase of Lent we can meditate on the way in which the Paschal Mystery affects each and everyone of us.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.


This is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive – it is the Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I shall be their God and they shall be my people (Jeremiah 31:33)

  • How do you experience being in a covenant with the Lord?
  • What is the Law written in your heart?
  • How does belonging to the People of God help you?
  • ‘It is the Lord who speaks.’ What is God saying now?


They will all know me, the least no less than the greatest – it is the Lord who speaks – since I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sin to mind. (Jeremiah 31:34)

  • Describe how you ‘know’ God.
  • What do you need God’s forgiveness for?
  • Since ‘God never calls our sin to mind’ how can that help you let go of the past?
  • Listen to the Lord’s voice that speaks of forgiveness.


 Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. O wash me more and more from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 50:3-4)

  • Consider the kindness of God that you have received.
  • Consider the compassion of God that you have experienced.
  • What guilt and sin cling to you, even after you have confessed them to the Lord?
  • Listen to God speaking of his mercy for you now.


During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. (Hebrews 5:7)

  • How do you picture Christ praying?
  • What does the way Jesus prayed teach you about your own prayer life?
  • What element of submitting humbly to God do you struggle with?
  • What is Jesus praying for you just now?


Some Greeks approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him. ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’  (John 12:20)

  • How does where you come from affect who you are?
  • Has anyone ever asked you to introduce them to Jesus?
  • When have you seen the Lord?
  • What is the Lord saying to you now?


Jesus said, ‘I tell you most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest. (John 12:24)

  • Have you ever had a loss that led to something greater?
  • What have you learned from losses in your life?
  • What is the rich harvest in your life?
  • What is the Lord telling you most solemnly now?


If a person serves me, they must follow me, wherever I am my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, My Father will honour them. Now my soul is troubled. (John 12:26-27)

  • How do you serve the Lord?
  • When have you known yourself to be with the Lord?
  • What troubles your soul?
  • What honour does the Father have for you just now?

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