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Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B

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Lectionary: 35
Read the Gospel: John 12:20-33

Gospel Summary
Jesus announces that the hour is near when God will glorify him. Jesus knows that his earthly ministry will end and that he must endure the cross before he returns to be glorified by his father. In a way to help his disciples understand what must happen, Jesus compares the phenomena to a grain. A grain of wheat must die and therefore no longer look like itself, in order for new life to come from it. Like the disciples, we only know the finality of this world, but Jesus assures us that, like the grain of wheat, when we die, new life will come from that death.

Reflection for Families
One of the most valuable lessons we can teach our children is how to let go, because no matter how much we want things to remain the same, we know that change is a constant part of living. We can heal ourselves and help our children at the same time when we make a conscious effort to find the Òsilver liningÓ in every dark cloud. Only when we show our children that something good came from something that at first seems completely awful, will they understand that something must die before something new can grow. Many expressions such as silver linings and closing doors followed by opening windows, explain this concept; but nothing gives it meaning like the examples from our own lives.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Perhaps someone in your family or someone your family knows donated an organ when they died. This is a beautiful opportunity to help youngsters and adults alike find the good from something that was at first hard to accept. If your family is not familiar with organ donation, this might be a good time to learn how members might make provisions to donate their own organs.

Discussion Starters
1. When people have no hope, they cannot see that the death of a seed brings about new life. One time I felt hopeless about something, but looking back on it, I see new life when...
2. Someone who has always shown me how seeds grow in my life is . . . He/she has shown me by...
3. I clearly saw new life growing from something that died when...

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