Lent 5- Psalm 51: 10, John 12:20-33

Death of Ignatius of AntiochAs he lived his life and exercised his ministry, it became clear to Jesus that his faith and commitment would bring him into confrontation with the religious and political powers of his day. “The hour has come,” Jesus declares —the hour for the dying and the lifting up that will draw all people to God.
This moment in the life of Jesus compares in significance to his baptism and his transfiguration in glory. At all three events, a voice from the heavens clarifies his identity and purpose. Even though God’s voice is not clearly understood by the crowds gathered in Jerusalem for Passover, there is no lack of clarity in Jesus’ perception of himself.
Although it would represent the most significant moment of his life, Jesus’ hour does not belong to him alone. Through this hour, all people are drawn to God through him: “A clean heart create for me, and a steadfast spirit renew within me,” the Psalmist says.
Yet this fact does not include all its implications. Jesus’ attitude toward his impending death is also worthy of our emulation. Instead of regarding himself as an unfortunate victim of Roman and Jewish intolerance, Jesus accepts his hour and his death as the ultimate sacrifice for gaining eternal life. Only those prepared to lose their lives, to fall to the ground and die, will know the gift of eternal life.
In his Letter to the Romans, Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, declared, “I am the grain of God, and let me be ground by the teeth of the wild beasts that I many be found the pure bread of Christ. For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world but lose his own soul?” Ignatius, like Jesus, fell to the ground and died, and by virtue of his witness, many came to believe.

One thought on “Lent 5- Psalm 51: 10, John 12:20-33

  1. Nice, thanks! The interesting thing is that Jesus always seemed to aim for the lowest place. Where He could become King, He became somebody hanged on the cross. As His followers, we can take this as an example – always looking for the lowest place (see Phil. 2). And Jesus is still this humble King. When John has to look to the ‘Lion of Judah’, he sees a slaughtered lamb. (Rev. 5:5,6).

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