FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT Year B

Gospel John 12:20-33

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Among those who had come up to worship at the Passover festival were some Greeks.  They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put forth this request:  “If you please, we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus.  Jesus replied to them:  Now the hour has come for the Chosen One to be glorified.  I tell you most solemnly, unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.  If you love your life you will lose it; if you hate your life in this world you will keep it for eternal life.  Anyone who serves me must follow me, and wherever I am, my servant will be there too.  Anyone who serves me will be honored by God.

Now my soul is troubled.  What will I say:  Abba, save me from this hour?  But it was for this very reason I have come to this hour.  Abba, glorify Your name!  A voice came from Heaven:  “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”  The crowds that stood nearby heard this, and said it was a clap of thunder; others said, “It was an angel speaking.”  Jesus answered, “It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours.”

Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the ruler of this world is to be overthrown.  And when I am lifted up from this earth, I will draw all people to myself.  By these words Jesus indicated the kind of death he would die.

The Good News as spoken through John.