Readings for March 25, Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9;
Today’s Gospel marks a momentous turning point in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Numerous times in John’s Gospel leading up to this point we hear it said that Jesus’ “hour has not yet come,” or words to that effect. For instance, when the Blessed Mother tells him at the wedding feast of Cana that “they have no more wine,” Jesus responds, “Woman, what is that to me? My hour has not yet come.”
When an angry crowd tried to lay hands on him in the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles, he passed through their midst because “his hour had not yet come.”
Now, however, Jesus states that his hour has come, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified,” and a few verses later, “Yet what should I say? Father, save me from this hour?” What is Jesus’ hour?