Sunday, March 17, 2024

The readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent for Year B (see below) focus on God’s covenant with us, even though we are often unfaithful. The first reading speaks of a new covenant. The second reading speaks of the obedience of Jesus Christ brought about our salvation. And in the gospel 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.

Daily Mass Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year B

  • First Reading – Jeremiah 31:31-34: “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
  • Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 51: “Create a clean heart in me, O God.”
  • Second Reading – Hebrews 5:7-9: “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”
  • Gospel –John 12:20-33: “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.”

If your parish is doing the RCIA scrutinies, use the readings for Year A instead.

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