Sunday, March 21, 2021
The readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent for Year B focus on God’s covenant with us, even though we are often unfaithful. The first reading (Jeremiah 31:31-34) speaks of a new covenant. The psalm (Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15) sings “Create a clean heart in me, O God.” The second reading (Hebrews 5:7-9) speaks of the obedience of Jesus Christ brought about our salvation. And in the gospel (John 12:20-33) Jesus foretells his death and explains that those who follow him will find eternal life.
Discussions for these readings could include topics such as the covenants in scripture, how death can lead to life, and why we should pray for God’s will to be done. Here are some ideas: