Week of Sunday, March 18
Fifth Sunday in Lent
God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross. Our baptismal covenant draws us to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s light and truth into our hearts. We see God’s heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe.
Readings and Psalms
A new covenant written on the heart
Create in me a clean heart, O God. (Ps. 51:10)
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
The grain of wheat dying in the earth