Homily — 5th Sunday Lent B 3/29/09

Homily — 5th Sunday Lent B                    3/29/09

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified Jesus says in today’s Gospel.

The Hour has finally come for Jesus.  He has been waiting for this Hour from the moment He became incarnate in the womb of His Virgin Mother.

Just a few days after His birth, one of the Magi gave the baby Jesus a gift of Myrrh, a burial spice, to use when the Hour came.

Forty days after Jesus’ birth, at His Presentation in the Temple, an elderly man named Simeon took Jesus in his arms, and told his Mother “One day the Hour will come for this child, an Hour which will pierce your heart like a sword.”

And when Jesus was 12 years old, coming home from the Passover celebration in Jerusalem, Mary and Joseph for three sad days thought that the Hour had come, as they looked high and low for Jesus and He was nowhere to be found.  But Jesus had more business to do for His Father before His Hour came.

Eighteen years go by in the town of Nazareth.  Jesus works in the Carpenter Shop throughout the week with his Father Joseph, he attends services every Sabbath at the synagogue with his family.

Meanwhile, at every moment, the Hour is always before Him, always at the forefront of His throught and Prayers, always at the forefront of His Mother’s throughts and Prayers.

And shorty after His baptism in the Jordan at age 30, Jesus is at a wedding party at Cana, and the wine runs out.

His mother says to Him They have no more wine.  And Jesus says to her Woman, how does your concern affect me?  My Hour has not yet come.

But then, Jesus thought of His future Bride, the Church, who He would unite Himself to forever on Good Friday, His wedding day so to speak.    Jesus thought about how the wine of God’s grace and love would flow in abundance at His wedding, and so at His mother’s prompting, He turned 180 gallons of water into the finest wine at the wedding at Cana as a sign of what the coming Hour would hold.

And now, three years after the wedding at Cana, the Hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Jesus in those three years has accomplished much; he has preached with authority as no other human before him has.    He has converted and forgiven hardened sinners, healed countless sick, expelled demons from the possessed, even cured a man born blind and raised a man from the dead.

But all of that, all of the first 33 years of Jesus’ life are but a tiny grain of wheat compared to the abundant fruit which will now flower forth in the Hour of Jesus’ Passion, Death, Burial and Resurrection.

The Hour has come . . . . and Jesus asks us, Could you not watch (this) one Hour with me?

Jesus invites us these next two weeks of Passiontide to enter into this Hour with Him – to hide out with Him in silent prayer and meditation on His suffering and death to save us from our sins.

To especially enter into the liturgies of Holy Week:  Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Could you not watch (this) one Hour with me?

May our answer be “Yes Jesus, give us the grace to accompany you during your Hour, the Hour when you will be glorified.”

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