Fifth Sunday of Lent

How often have we – in some way or other – echoed that request of the Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover feast: “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” As you read this Gospel passage more closely, you might wonder why Jesus does not directly respond to this statement. His response is more indirect as the text indicates. This statement might find us recalling when we have made a similar statement and it was not answered in the manner that we would expect or maybe even not at all.

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Times like these can remind us of the weakness of our faith. What do we do when we experience God’s silence, the “dark nights of the soul,” those times when God’s appearances to us cannot be truly understood or recognized? When we do not receive something we had sincerely wished for, when we are passed over for a position for which we are certain we are the most qualified, do we have a faith that is strong enough to accept the fact that “everything happens for the best?” St. La Salle reminds us to “Never be sad or cast down with the kind of dejection the world experiences. This arises from discontent at having what you do not want or not having what you want. Have faith in God!”

As we move into these final weeks of Lent, ask yourself if your prayers are too often centered on what you want rather than what God wants? Do you ever thank God that your prayer was not answered? Can you let go of everything so that, like the grain of wheat, you can die to those difficulties that hinder your growth and prevent you from being open to what God is asking of you?