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Do You Really Want to See Jesus? (#818, Lent 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B) • Everything in the Old Covenant points to something totally new: Jesus Christ. The New Covenant is less about following the law and more about falling in love. Your local Catholic parish should be an environment that surrounds us with God’s love. Following the rules is the beginning but not the end. I can start by obeying because I fear God’s punishment. Gradually we should learn the obedience of Jesus: a loving service to the Father who loves us. True faith is all about falling in love. And it starts when we see Jesus for ourselves. How deeply do you want to see Jesus?

(18 Mar 2018)

Point to Ponder: When did you fall in love with Jesus? Even if you haven’t yet fallen in love, where or when have you experienced God’s love?

Point to Discuss: Talk to a friend about your experience of faith. Was it about rules and punishment, or love and generosity? Ask your friend honestly how your faith looks to others: disobedience, fearful obedience, or loving obedience?

Point for Action: It’s never too late to begin Lent! Invest a little more in your faith these next two of weeks.