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The Fifth Sunday of Lent
The Fifth Sunday of Lent Homily Transcript
>>Last Halloween I got a preview of the costume that Julian was wearing. They sent it in a video. Julian’s two years old. I just love this little guy. I had the privilege of celebrating his parents wedding and they’re dear friends of mine.
Julian dressed up as a dinosaur. And the video that was sent to me was Julian roaring as a dinosaur. It just so happened I was in a store and I found a cookie jar, a candy jar almost identical to his costume. And so, I made time and I drove to their house, I surprised them and I brought the cookie jar in – the dinosaur.
Julian was thrilled! He was intrigued by it. And then when I took the head of the dinosaur off to show him the candy inside, he looked a bit confused. I put the lid on – took it off. And, Julian disappeared for a minute and he came back with a screwdriver. And he gave it to his father and he said, “Daddy, fix it. Fix it.” Like, screw the head on. He didn’t get the whole concept. It was one of those precious moments that I carry in my heart.
Jesus, the word of God made flesh comes into the world. He comes as savior and redeemer to all of us. We are deep into this Lenten season. Jesus is in Jerusalem and we know what is the future – the immediate future for Him. He will be arrested. He will be tortured. He will be crucified. And He will die.
He’s in Jerusalem and people are coming to see Him – some Greeks want to see Jesus. They’re curious as who this man is, as so many have been. And they come with all sorts of expectations of Jesus: Jesus fix this! Jesus make it better. Jesus, heal this. Jesus, be king and rule over us.
All these expectations that are placed upon the Lord. And the Lord teaches us continually throughout His life: this is the way in which the world will be healed. This is the way in which a world will come together. This is the way in which things will be fixed.
“Follow in my way.”
Use the gifts that I have given to you to bring hope and healing to others. Follow in my ways and in my teachings. You wanted to be fixed and made better and healed. I have shown you the way, follow in my way always. Die to yourself, so that you might experience new life. Journey with me now over these next couple of weeks. Journey with me into my passion, my crucifixion, and death. And rise with me to new life and proclaim it to the world.
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