It's hard to believe that the Fifth Sunday of Lent is this coming weekend, followed by Palm Sunday on March 29 leading us into Holy Week and Easter on April 5!
The scriptures for the Fifth Sunday (Year B) and background material on them are here and hints for helping children prepare to hear this weekend's scriptures are here. And here's material for helping children prepare to hear the Word. (Remember that parishes celebrating the Scrutinies in preparation for baptism at the Easter Vigil will be using the scriptures for Year A this weekend.)
The first scripture, from Jeremiah, gives us the beautiful image of the Lord writing upon our hearts.
The passage from Hebrews hints at the suffering of Christ which will command our attention on Passion Sunday and in Holy Week.
And the gospel from John gives us the hard truth that the seed must fall to the ground and die before it produces much fruit. When that's followed by Jesus speaking of "the kind of death he would die," the message is clear.
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