March 17. Lent 5B.  Fr Obed was beginning to look forward to Holy Week and all the ceremonies, but he realised that there should be a clear awareness that the central focus and figure should be Jesus, his love and commitment in the sacrifice of his life. He shared the explanation given in the Missal.  “The gospel today sees the death of Jesus as the manifestation of his love.  A human being fulfils his goal and grows to maturity only when he is capable of love and when he gives his life for others. The world might see this gift of life as a defeat but we see it as a victory.” He then quoted from the 1st reading, a favourite passage of his, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts.  I know that Pope Francis also often stresses this aspect. That is a message for every parent to pass on to their children. It is a family r right and their responsibility to spread their love even into all of creation. Let us pray that they will have the will and ability to do so with Jesus’ help. Oh and by the way I wish everyone Happy St Patrick’s Day today. is that why so many people in church are wearing green?” 

Reflect, share. Scripture: Read the relevant scripture passages.  God speaks to Jeremiah saying, “I will put my law within them and I will write it upon their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be my people.” Jer 31:33   Pope Francis: the work of handing on the faith to children in the sense of facilitating its expression and growth helps the whole family in its evangelising mission. It naturally begins to spread the faith even outside the family circle. AL 289. The Church does not claim to compete with earthly powers, but to offer herself as a family among families, open to bearing witness in today’s world,  FT 276    LSAP 5. Ecological education.    Pray a Lenten prayer of faith.   God of love, I believe…………          Choose appropriate action.