The first reading from Jeremiah tells about a new covenant between God and his people. This new covenant was brought through the death of Jesus: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (Lk22:20).
In the Gospel, Jesus talks about his imminent death. “Now my soul is troubled”. Note that in John’s Gospel, there is no account of the Agony in the Garden. This is the time of his agony. He sees his death as part of God mysterious plan for our salvation. Jesus uses the example of the grain of wheat dying in order to yield a harvest. He indicates that his own death will bear much more fruit, the price paid for our redemption.
These days as we see the new life of spring bursting out all around; the blossoms, the daffodils etc., surviving the cold earth, and budding forth into beautiful refreshing blooms. Here we see the image of the everlasting life won for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In those final days running up to Holy Week and Easter, let us prepare ourselves to celebrate in a deeper way, the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. Note: After each of the Masses this weekend there will be an opportunity to celebrate God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So please allow for that extra fifteen minutes for this celebration of God’s mercy and pardon.
We look forward to Holy Week. Please note the times of celebrations. We have had to make a good deal of adjustments in line with the recommendations of the Bishops’ Conference. Please God; it will be a beautiful and blessed week for all.