This Lent the first readings have by and large presented
covenants. Again, the term covenant means a binding agreement
between people, or in the case of Sacred Scripture, between God
and His people. On the First Sunday of Lent we heard about the
Covenant God made with the people at the time of Noah, the
Covenant of the Rainbow. We were reminded that God will never
give up on his people, or on any of us as individuals. The
Second Sunday, we heard about the Covenant of Faith made between
God and Abraham. We were encouraged to have the faith of Abraham
and to trust in God when we are challenged. We might not know
how, but somehow God will set things straight. The Third Sunday
of Lent presented the Covenant of the Law God made with Moses,
the covenant of the Ten Commandments. This Sunday we hear
Jeremiah’s prophecy of the Covenant of the Heart. This will all
lead to the Paschal Mystery and the Blood of the New and Eternal
Covenant, the covenant we will renew on our altar in a few
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We were founded in 1960.
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
March 18, 2018
Our focus today is on Jeremiah’s prophecy. “A day will come,”
says the Lord through Jeremiah, “when I will write my law upon
their hearts. No longer will they have need to teach their
friends and relatives how to know the LORD. All, from least to
greatest, shall know me, says the LORD.” That day has come. When
we are united to God, then we can look within ourselves,
determine what our conscience is telling us, and know how to
serve our God. We don’t need particular laws any more. We have
All of us are concerned with teaching our faith to our children.
Religious education is not enough. It is important, yes, but it
barely touches the surface of what it means to follow the
Lord. Yes, it is important that our children learn their
lessons. But it is infinitely more important that we provide our
children with experience after experience of our living our love
for God. It is not just their minds or our minds that God
wants. What God wants is their hearts. What God wants is our
Excerpted from Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Diocese of St.