Fifth Sunday of Lent
The readings for the day can be found here.
“All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD,
for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.”
This week’s readings focus on the covenant that God has promised us for the forgiveness of our sins as well as telling us to prepare for Jesus’s death and resurrection. The first reading says, “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” In the first reading we recognize the hopeful promise that one day all shall know God as the Lord and Savior. God wants us to be his people. He wants to protect us, and keep us, as long as we recognize that He is Lord. But how do we fully give our hearts to God? It seems that in our society we often get distracted with goals that do not focus on glorifying God. We work hard so that we can get the newest gadget on the market; we spend less time with our families while we run around doing things that have priority over them. We focus so much on ourselves and what is best for us, that we lose sight of what is really important. The reading says, “All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.” Notice that God does not say He will forgive only those who have worked the most, or given back the most, or made the most friends. He says, “All, from least to greatest…” God is willing to overlook our sins and take us in as His people, but we need to open our hearts and allow Him to do so.
The second reading speaks to us of Jesus’s obedience and complete faith in God, His father. “He offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death…Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered…” Jesus conformed His will to God’s will when He put his complete trust in God. He knew that God was with Him at all times and would not abandon Him. He knew that God heard every prayer He had, and it would be answered even if it was not in the way that Jesus might want. We should take time during this Lenten season to ask God to help us have faith like Jesus. To give us the courage to put our complete trust in God and know that He loves us, forgives us, and He hears every prayer, plea, and praise we bring to Him. We must try to be obedient like Jesus and know that sometimes the answers God provides us with might not be what we expect, but understand that God has a plan and purpose for each of us and we are always taken care of.