Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Jeremiah 31.31-34

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,
that I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah:
not according to the covenant
that I made with their fathers
on the day that I took them by the hand
to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
This covenant of mine they broke,
although I was a husband to them,
says the Lord.

But this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days,
says the Lord:
I will put my law within them,
and on their heart I will write it;
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people:
and they shall no longer teach,
every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying,
“Know the Lord”;
for they shall all know me,
from the least to the greatest,
says the Lord:
for I will forgive their iniquity,
and their sin will I remember no more.

Responsorial – Psalm 51.3-4, 12-13, 14-15 Resp. 12a

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.
According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.
Cleanse me from my sin.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me out from your presence,
and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation.
Uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways.
Sinners shall be converted to you.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Reading 2 – Hebrews 5.7-9

Christ Jesus, in the days of his flesh,
having offered up prayers and petitions
with strong crying and tears
to him who was able to save him from death,
and having been heard for his godly fear,
though he was a Son,
yet learned obedience
by the things which he suffered.
Having been made perfect,
he became to all of those who obey him
the author of eternal salvation.

Gospel – John 12.20-33

Now there were, among those that went up
to worship at the feast, some Greeks.
These, therefore, came to Philip,
who was from Bethsaida of Galilee,
and asked him, saying,
“Sir, we want to see Jesus.”
Philip came and told Andrew,
and in turn, Andrew came with Philip,
and they told Jesus.

Jesus answered them, saying,
“The hour has come
for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I tell you,
unless a grain of wheat
falls into the earth and dies,
it remains by itself alone.
But if it dies, it bears much fruit.
He who loves his life will lose it.
He who hates his life in this world
will keep it to eternal life.
If anyone serves me, let him follow me.
Where I am, there will my servant also be.
If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Now my soul is troubled, but what shall I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour?’
But for this cause I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name!”

Then there came a voice out of the sky, saying,
“I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
The crowd therefore,
who stood by and heard it,
said that it had thundered.
Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Jesus answered,
“This voice has not come for my sake, but for yours.
Now is the judgment of this world.
Now the prince of this world will be cast out.
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth,
will draw all people to myself.”
He said this to signify
by what kind of death he would die.

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