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The Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 18, 2018
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Coming to Pieces

Jesus says, do not worry, child, trust me. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

Different Kinds Of Glory

What’s unhealthy in our daydreams is how we envision glory. In our fantasies, glory almost always consists in being famous, in standing out, in achieving a success that makes others envious, in somehow being the best-looking or the brightest or the most talented person in the room.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

The true Lord did not come to get status and power. He came to lose his life, to fall and die, like a grain of wheat. The point is made emphatically at the end of Jesus’ response to the Greeks. He ends with a prayer: “Father,” he prays, “glorify your name.”

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Seeing Jesus

What we need is a new covenant, a covenant of love and forgiveness. We need to have written in our hearts that we are God’s people, that we aspire to be like Christ in transforming the darkness of the world.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Learning to Weep

The Lord says, “ … I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more.” Do you ever feel God’s forgiveness? Are you good at forgiving? How about at forgetting?

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A Poem to Sit With

J. Janda

Anonymous Saint

one of his dogs

curled up on

his sleeping bag

in the basket of

his grocery cart

next to the


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