Fifth Sunday of Lent

Picture: This is My grandfather Ciriaco (Papá Yaco), my older sister Jeanneth, and me.

In this Fifth Sunday of Lent we read:

“Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and asked him, "Sir, we would like to see Jesus."
Philip went and told Andrew;
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them,”

What I love about this particular passage is the power of intercession, there was a chain of succession that was followed in order to reach Christ. Here I share a picture of my grandfather and my sister. Here is the beginning of a beautiful story of Love on which had Christ at its center and service all around it. My grandfather helped all over town and people called him “Papá Yaco,” that title is something I’ve always wanted: Papá which means father. As a child, I thought everyone was related to me, because we shared the same tender way of calling my grandfather. As I grew older I began to see that their relationship was much deeper than biological it was through the waters of Baptism. This is why the phrase “Blood is thicker than water,”—which means relationships with family are more important—can be changed to “Water is thicker than blood,” meaning that the baptism we share, one in which we partake of Christ’s paschal mystery, introduces a deeper relationship with one another. We are linked by water and redeemed by wood, the wood of the Cross. Within our Gospel today we also hear:

“And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I will draw everyone to myself."

He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.”

The cross becomes the vortex which calls out to those who share in Christ and look at the cross as a sign of love. Why keep the body on our Crosses at church? For me, a cross without the corpus is a glorified lower case ‘t’ but in the crucifix (cross and Body) we see the glory of God, the moment he was waiting for in order to defeat death and to give us the crown of victory. Mercy and love tangible upon an instrument of torture; Christ was the incarnate fulfillment of all the promises of God. Nothing abstract, he was there. As we share in his death we also share in his Life, and our Hope comes down from the cross and flows in the waters of baptism and the blood of the altar, much like the water and blood that poured forth for the whole world and now we share in the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist.